Stories by Normand St-Pierre

Dark, stormy skies over dairyland

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but the sky over dairyland looks to be very stormy with good possibilities of tornados. There is a lot of milk being shipped from U.S. dairy farms right now. Unless the demand for dairy products increases markedly, potential disaster may be looming. As I write […]

It’s time to produce green milk!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I receive many invitations to speak at dairy conferences across the country. I try to participate in these conferences whenever my schedule allows because I learn a lot from listening to other speakers and talking to conference attendees. Recently, I participated in a dairy conference where Dr. Mike Hutjens was also a speaker. Disappearing breed […]

Dairy Excel: What if we applied animal welfare freedoms to human actions?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

After eight years of sitting through hours of lectures and experimentation on animal welfare issues I thought that it was time to share some of my thinking in this column.

Dairy Excel: Who knows what milk prices will do!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

USDA December forecast for the incoming year has been so bad over the last 10 years that it is very tempting to advise people to take a position opposite to the forecast.

Dairy Excel: If accepting risk is your personal preference, why am I paying for it?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Some people believe that non-pasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. I myself wouldn’t care that some people willingly decided to consume raw milk if their choice wouldn’t affect others, myself included. But it does, both financially and from a public safety standpoint.

Dairy farmers should analyze their operation closely to ensure profits

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Class III price moved from $21.67/cwt in August to $19.07/cwt in September, a drop of $2.60/cwt. Although a Class III price above $19/cwt would have been a high price just a few years ago, this is no longer the case with current feed prices.

Dairy Excel: Practical things to do about rising feed costs and today’s milk prices

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Since September 2006, U.S. corn has not traded under $3/bushel — not one single time — and chances are good that we will never see corn under $3 per bushel ever again. Meanwhile, milk prices have played yo-yo like never before.

Dairy Excel: Feed quality critical from here on out

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On June 30, the USDA issued two bearish reports: the updated acreage figures and the quarterly grain stocks report as of June first.

Heat stress: Your best cows are the ones at risk

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A cow is like your car’s engine: She needs a radiator to get rid of the heat produced by her metabolism. Cooling cows is a challenge, but one you can’t ignore.

Look beyond U.S. borders for reason in the uptick in dairy markets

Thursday, March 24, 2011

No quicker did we forecast a drop in milk prices in early January, than the price of all dairy products shot through the roof. The funny thing is that nobody had anticipated this price surge — not the USDA, not the futures market, not even yours truly. So why were so many people so blatantly […]

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About Normand

Normand St-Pierre is an Extension dairy specialist at Ohio State University. Questions or comments can be sent in care of Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.