Stories by Maurice Eastridge

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.


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About Maurice

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