Stories by Maurice Eastridge

About Maurice

Maurice Eastridge is a professor and Extension dairy specialist at Ohio State University.

Dairy farming across the Big Pond

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This marked the third year for the OSU Dairy Industry Study Abroad.

Get ready as cold weather continues

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This year’s colder-than-usual weather reinforces the need to be prepared.

No Black Friday for dairy farmers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dairymen can’t make a profitable year based on one-day’s sales, like Black Friday retailers. Being profitable requires you to be in the top 20 percent of dairy farms. Being “average” is accepting lower profitability or even sometimes at being unprofitable.

Is China a potential market for U.S. dairy products?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The U.S. dairy industry will continue to try to get milk produced in the U.S. into China. But will the U.S. milk continue to be processed by U.S. companies before it enters China?

Dairy Excel: A morbid article about dairy cows

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The 22nd annual Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference was held April 23-24 in Ft. Wayne, Ind. at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. This conference each year is hosted by Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue universities. Attendance for the conference was up this year compared to last year. The new workshop held on Monday evening pertaining […]

Heifers: Keep the best and sell the rest

Thursday, February 21, 2013

We all know that a heifer is a female bovine animal that has not yet had a calf, well at least those of us that work in the dairy industry know that. But then we use the term of “first lactation heifer,” which is not a “heifer “ but a young cow in her first […]

Now is the time to sell excess heifers

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The adage “keep the best and sell the rest” is always an important principal in managing a dairy farm, but with the high costs of feed and other inputs, following this principle is a must. The act of “culling” animals from the herd usually has a negative connotation because all too often this activity is […]

Work to lower your mastitis infections

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Mastitis and lameness are the two most costly health issues on dairy farms today. Cost of treatment for mastitis is certainly important, but the major factor to the cost of mastitis is the loss of milk production and the cow if she has to be culled from the herd.

Pay attention to milk composition, it serves as indicator of herd health

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ou often pay attention to the milk components when you get your milk check, but they also serve as a window into the rumen health and metabolic balance of your cows.

How do I manage under these new and difficult conditions?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

So many changes in life, from politics, technology, cost of living, cost of operating a business, and of course the weather. All of this “noise” should not define your management style, but your management style will define how you react, or don’t react, to many of these changes. If a sound management style is not […]

Management information can be gleaned from milk production records

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A good start on having a profitable dairy farm is a high milk price; however, the fundamental need is astute management of the cows, facilities, personnel, and the flow of funds. Management practices Good managers need information on which to make decisions, rather than it “just feeling right from the gut”. Information can be gathered […]

What are your cows doing all day?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time is like a snowflake — it melts away while we try to decide what to do with it. – Anonymous As we reflect on a new year, some may make resolutions, reflect on occurrences during the past year and make plans for the upcoming year. Most all of us struggle with “having enough time […]

Dairy Excel: Embracing the reality of dairy farming economics has been difficult this year

Thursday, December 1, 2011

We sometimes attempt to deny reality as a coping mechanism for an issue we simply don’t want to deal with if accepting the reality is too painful. This behavior sometimes exists relative to the economics of dairy farming.

Dairy Excel: Important questions for dairy farmers within the next 45 days

Thursday, September 22, 2011

For a dairy farmer, the fall season is a critical time. Within 45 days, all forage should be harvested. For some areas, forage harvest has already been completed for one to two weeks.

Dairy Excel: Water is the most valuable nutrient. Are your cows getting enough?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

We need to be on our best behavior in the management of the water supply for dairy cattle during the summer.

Cowabunga, Dude! Time management

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It is that time of the year when we reflect on “Wow, where did 2010 go?” or begin to make resolutions or set goals for the new year. It is often said that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass. Each of us has 24 hours a day and seven days a […]

Dairymen, don’t shoot to be ‘just average,’ even by DHI standings

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It is always important to monitor the yield of milk and the composition of milk, especially for the individual farmer, because the income of the dairy farm depends on this source of revenue. The yields of protein and fat are the primary determinants of the price received by farmers. And the proportions of fat and […]

Here’s where to look when you need information

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A brain teaser is meant to challenge or stimulate. So, the Dairy Brain Teaser is used to stimulate our thinking and provide some valuable information about the dairy industry and about management of dairy enterprises. You will find the correct answers at the end of the article and use the scale provided to relate to […]

There’s lots to know about the dairy industry

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I have decided to use a new format for my contribution to this column — referring to it as the Dairy Brain Teaser. I think the terms “test” or “quiz” often have negative views, causing us to remember our the school days, which may even challenge the memory for a few of us to remember […]

Farmers are swamped by feed costs

Monday, June 30, 2008

In recent years, the explosive changes around us — especially in the technological age we find ourselves — have been described as constant ripples of change or as “white waters” of change. I’m sure all of you all have noted the white water as it splashes over rocks in the rapids of streams. With respect […]

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