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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 […]

Success important for next generation

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Last week I was at a meeting of local zoning inspectors and township officials. These officials were learning about the tools which can be used to keep agriculture as an integral part of their communities. A lot of discussion was held on how local townships and municipalities could help make their community farm friendly. Concern […]

Wise antibiotic use just makes sense

Thursday, June 12, 2008

In Europe, antibiotics are handled and administered by veterinarians. Interestingly, antibiotics are used on organic dairy farms — when necessary for animal health — in some European countries. Withholding times are doubled, (note: labeled withholding times are more than adequate when the mediations are administered following label directions), but the important point is that antibiotics […]

Farm Finances 101: It’s not that hard

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Own vs. owe. Two three-letter words and the last letter makes all the difference.

Farmers: Don’t be victims of stress

Thursday, May 15, 2008

It’s that busy time a year, when trying to get the crops planted and worrying about getting the first cutting of hay off is weighing heavily on every farmer’s mind. This seasonal stress is added to the already existing stress of keeping up with all the day-to-day activities. Along with these “normal seasonal” and “day-to-day” […]

Limiting feeding heifers is possible

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Limit feeding heifers. Sounds like a plan when feed ingredient prices are soaring out of sight. Less feed, less cost, right? Maybe, maybe not. What is limit feeding? When I first heard that phrase, with the implication that heifers aren’t being fed as much as “normal,” my first thought was, “Hope their heifer barn isn’t […]

Happy employees equal productivity

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A few weeks ago, our state dairy specialist, Dianne Shoemaker, gave a preview of Ohio State University Extension’s newly revamped Bulletin 864 — “15 Measures of Dairy Farm Competitiveness.” As we gear up for our busy spring plant season, it is a great time to highlight some of the concepts discussed in the bulletin about […]

There are options despite high costs

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I remember thinking that $3 corn was outrageous, that $300 soybean meal was a rip-off and that $200 cottonseed must have been a revenge of the Confederates. How much I would like to see these prices again! We’ve had high corn prices in the past; we’ve experienced high soybean meal and cottonseed prices, also. Some […]

Dairymen, how do you measure up?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

“How do I know if I am competitive?” “How can I become more competitive?” These were the questions from producers that led to the development and publication of Dairy Excel’s 15 Measures of Dairy Farm Competitiveness in 1997. Those same questions are just as valid today and can be answered in the context of today’s […]

Simple ways to stay safe this spring

Thursday, March 27, 2008

It is no surprise that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations. A number of factors, including noise, heavy machinery, animals, machine parts that rotate, cut and pinch, and long hours all contribute to this fact.

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