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Dairy judging: What you should know

Thursday, September 18, 2008

About 9:30 p.m. on Labor Day, 16 4-H and Ohio State University collegiate judges and their coaches drove into the Waterman Dairy at OSU. Dairy judging boot camp had officially ended. Everyone scrambled to locate their luggage and find their vehicles or parents to head home. Some had another two or three hours to drive […]

What is holding you back on your farm?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

“What is holding you back?” A popular statement five years ago when we first addressed this topic in this column. The seatbelt safety campaign signs can still be found along the roads of rural Ohio urging drivers and passengers to buckle up for their safety. But, if we ask that same question of our dairy […]

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 […]

Dairy cows blamed for global warming: It’s a lot of warm air

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Recently, a letter to the editor of my local newspaper used data from a U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization report to argue that eating meat and dairy products contributes significantly to global warming. This claim is based on the estimate that animal agriculture accounts for 18 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions which […]

Use your history to help build the future

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Millie, Tillie, and Cindy; Zeller’s cow, Dick’s cow, and Wilford’s cow; Daisy, Penny and Ann. These are the first 10 cows entered in a small “Farmer’s Pocket Ledger” as they calved in late 1967 and 1968. Each entry carefully notes the new calf’s tattoo number, their dam, birthdate, and sire. A progressive herd, nearly all […]

Influence of cow behavior on nutrition

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The behavior of cows has been studied for many years, but little research has focused on behavior from a nutritional perspective. Research scientists at the University of Guelph and the University of British Columbia recently conducted an experiment to determine how behavior influences nutrition of dairy cattle. Ensuring adequate feeding time and equal access to […]

Get excited about local dairy shows

Thursday, July 24, 2008

In my book of favorite events, a county fair is a close second to Christmas. County fairs bring families together, the food is plentiful, and the “gift” is the learning experience that youth are provided through 4-H and FFA. My 4-H fair experiences began in Clark County showing Jerseys. There was lots of competition in […]

Who will manage your farm tomorrow?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

It’s never too early to start thinking about who will take over your farm’s management responsibilities.

Dairy researchers have seen the light; farmers should, too

Thursday, July 10, 2008

We’re going to do it. A whole column that doesn’t mention the two four-letter words we are growing to hate: f_ _ d and c _ _ t. No magic answers for the issues they represent. But, it doesn’t hurt to revisit some non-feed opportunities to support and increase milk production. Let’s look at the […]

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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