Financial and milk price situations lead farm managers to the unexpected conclusion that they owe taxes. Ernie Oelker wonders how can this happen when everybody knows farmers aren’t making any money?
Author Jim Skeeles writes that he sees the dairy trend following that of poultry and pork – more and more milk being produced by larger herds, with the share of milk produced by small herds dwindling.
Is the USDA’s new dairy program in the best long-term interest of dairy producers? The answer to that question remains to be seen, but the likely answer is “no.” Is the check welcome this year? Yes. Will it be in 2003? Probably, says district extension specialist Dianne Shoemaker in this week’s Dairy Channel column.
OSU Extension Dairy Specialist Dianne Shoemaker cautions not to let it fool you; the upcoming Ohio Dairy Conference is not another county fair, although all the talk about cows, good food and interesting people might make you think otherwise.
Now that the silage is in the silo, extension agent Ernie Oelker says the real work begins to assure the cows receive a safe, properly balanced ration that is palatable and capable of supporting optimum production.
Extension dairy agent Tom Noyes gets back to basics in this week’s Dairy Excel column.
Not all farm people are “fair people,” but most are, as OSU Extension Dairy Specialist Dianne Shoemaker shares in her column this week, which explores her transition to fair-dom.
Diane Shoemaker guides producers through the process of pricing fields for silage.
Dennis Weilnau compares herd somatic cell counts and examines dairy farm attitudes.
An on-farm environmental assessment can help producers address problem areas, says columnist and ag extension agent Ernest Oelker.
Research has shown that attitude is a key component in the continuous improvement process. Extension Ag Agent Chris Zoller explores the connection between management attitude and farm quality and profitability.
Even though this year’s feed nutrient values may be unique and yields will be down, corn silage is still likely to be the best forage value for the dollar. When should you chop? Answers to this and other forage questions by OSU Extension District Dairy Specialist Dianne Shoemaker.
Harvest management strategies are different for legumes, depending on if the stands are new, established or of a particular forage species. An OSU specialist offers harvesting tips.
Information coming out of the USDA or the Farm Service Agency on the counter-cyclical payment program mechanism included in the National Dairy Market Loss Payment Program, is sparse, but OSU ag economist Cam Thraen tries to sort through the mess.
Columbiana County Extension Agent Ernie Oelker describes his upcoming research work that will take him to dairy farms across northeastern Ohio.
Hoof trimmers go back to school to bone up on the latest hoof health news, trimming methods and herd health.
How are decisions made on the farm?
Ernie Oelker writes about farmers’ battle with wet weather.
Quick thinking, communication and good work averted a disaster when a custom manure hauler – filled with 4,000 gallons of liquid manure – had an accident on a road.
Scrimping on feed costs won’t always save you money, says columnist Ernie Oelker.