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Spring Dairy Expo is quite an event

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Spring lifts all our spirits. It is the season that allows us the time to step away from reality and renew our hopes for a better year than the last. We can briefly put away our dismal moods and enjoy the simple beauty of turning the cows out to pasture for the first time in […]

DIBS address issues facing dairy producers dealing with milk prices

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Plummeting prices in the dairy industry are creating critical cash-flow and long-term survivability issues on Ohio’s 3,328 dairy farms. Full awareness Cost-cutting decisions must be made with full awareness of both short and long-term production and economic consequences. For instance, do you really save money by buying a bull and not purchasing frozen semen? A […]

Feeding for pounds of fat and protein: That’s all you are paid for

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Would you rather have a cow milking an average of 80 pounds or 70 pounds of milk per day? This turns out to be a tricky question, one you can’t answer unless you are told what the composition of the milk is in each case. Then, what if I tell you both cows are producing […]

Cowmunicators 101 was huge success

Thursday, April 9, 2009

It began with a simple idea. It was then shared with American Dairy Association Mideast and they too saw merit in the concept. On March 28, Cowmunicators 101 became a reality. Held at the Nationwide and OFBF 4-H Center, the attendance far exceeded the original goal and those who attended took part in a one-of-a-kind […]

Recognizing stress and depression

Thursday, April 2, 2009

As a high school student I worked on a hog farm operated by a good family who was well respected throughout the community. While in college I learned my previous employer had fallen into a deep depression, neglected feeding the animals and considered suicide as a way to cope with the low hog prices and […]

Alternatives for dealing with down cycle

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Most dairy farm businesses are not cash flowing. Some may be if they priced first half milk production using futures or options contracts when the early 2009 prices were trading considerably higher than they are now. No sense in kicking yourself if you didn’t do that, just deal with what is. Protecting your equity and […]

It’s time to get with the times

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It’s the 1970s. An air-dried Polaroid shows your leisure suit and platform shoes, just before you hop into your pickup and check the CB for friends talking skip. At home, you play a new video game called Pong but don’t know anything about computers. Radio Shack’s ad on the sports page says you need one. […]

Dairy farms are in the limbo line

Thursday, March 12, 2009

If you have ever taken a small child to a roller skating party, sooner or later some energetic teenagers corral the troops and organize them into a long line to do the limbo. While two kids hold onto either end of a long stick, each child tries to skate under the stick while bending backwards. […]

Ohio crop Enterprise Budget updates

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Newly updated Enterprise Budgets for 2009 have been completed and posted to the Farm Management Web site of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. Web site Updated Enterprise Budgets can be viewed and downloaded from http://aede.osu.edu/Programs/FarmManagement/Budgets/. Recent changes in fertilizer costs and crop prices have changed the profitability outlook for field crops in […]

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 […]

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