Stories by Dianne Shoemaker

Ohio’s minimum wage rate increased

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A quick look at a few business-related topics this month. The first of the year brought an increase in Ohio’s minimum wage rate. For most dairy businesses this will mean an increase for employees that were working at the previous rate of $7 per hour. Adjust wages Ohio employers need to adjust wages for hourly […]

In cold, calves need nutrients to grow

Thursday, January 22, 2009

No time like the present to talk about feeding calves in cold weather. While the feeder puts on more clothes to help them stay warm, the “layers” of clothing our calves can put on to help them stay warm is nutritional. Yes, a calf coat or blanket of some sort can help a calf maintain […]

It’s year-end tax planning time

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Can’t put it off any longer … it’s year-end tax planning time. “One’s tax management goal should be maximizing after-tax income or wealth over time, not minimizing taxes in any one year.” A sound piece of advice from Purdue University Extension Ag Economist George Patrick. This can be a tough one that requires looking past […]

What is holding you back on your farm?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

“What is holding you back?” A popular statement five years ago when we first addressed this topic in this column. The seatbelt safety campaign signs can still be found along the roads of rural Ohio urging drivers and passengers to buckle up for their safety. But, if we ask that same question of our dairy […]

Use your history to help build the future

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Millie, Tillie, and Cindy; Zeller’s cow, Dick’s cow, and Wilford’s cow; Daisy, Penny and Ann. These are the first 10 cows entered in a small “Farmer’s Pocket Ledger” as they calved in late 1967 and 1968. Each entry carefully notes the new calf’s tattoo number, their dam, birthdate, and sire. A progressive herd, nearly all […]

Dairy researchers have seen the light; farmers should, too

Thursday, July 10, 2008

We’re going to do it. A whole column that doesn’t mention the two four-letter words we are growing to hate: f_ _ d and c _ _ t. No magic answers for the issues they represent. But, it doesn’t hurt to revisit some non-feed opportunities to support and increase milk production. Let’s look at the […]

Wise antibiotic use just makes sense

Thursday, June 12, 2008

In Europe, antibiotics are handled and administered by veterinarians. Interestingly, antibiotics are used on organic dairy farms — when necessary for animal health — in some European countries. Withholding times are doubled, (note: labeled withholding times are more than adequate when the mediations are administered following label directions), but the important point is that antibiotics […]

Farm Finances 101: It’s not that hard

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Own vs. owe. Two three-letter words and the last letter makes all the difference.

Limiting feeding heifers is possible

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Limit feeding heifers. Sounds like a plan when feed ingredient prices are soaring out of sight. Less feed, less cost, right? Maybe, maybe not. What is limit feeding? When I first heard that phrase, with the implication that heifers aren’t being fed as much as “normal,” my first thought was, “Hope their heifer barn isn’t […]

Dairymen, how do you measure up?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

“How do I know if I am competitive?” “How can I become more competitive?” These were the questions from producers that led to the development and publication of Dairy Excel’s 15 Measures of Dairy Farm Competitiveness in 1997. Those same questions are just as valid today and can be answered in the context of today’s […]

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About Dianne

(Dianne Shoemaker is an OSU Extension field specialist in dairy production economics. You can contact her at 330-533-5538 or shoemaker.3@osu.edu.)