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Reach that magic number for profit

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Monitoring herd feed costs is very critical for increasing dairy farm profitability.

Dairy Excel: Reach that magic number for profit

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Even when feed costs are much lower than the present market situation, monitoring herd feed costs is very critical for increasing farm profitability. Total feed cost per hundredweight of milk sold is a measure of the effectiveness of management in controlling the largest cost item in producing milk. This measure accounts for all of the […]

Dairy Excel: Attract, then keep good employees

Thursday, March 6, 2008

After you have gone through the recruitment and hiring process, how do you develop a working relationship that will encourage your employees to stay with your farm for the long term? This is a question that all businesses struggle with today, as the younger generations are projected to change careers six to seven times over […]

Family meetings just make sense

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Regardless of the size of your dairy farm, if there are family members involved – directly or indirectly – with the business, it is important to conduct regular family business meetings.

Comprehensive 2008 price outlook

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Higher fuel and nitrogen prices in 2007 have signaled trends that will most likely hold throughout 2008.

You really need to do a balance sheet

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Yes, it is time to take inventories and prepare balance sheets.

Reflecting on 2008 and looking to 2009

Monday, January 7, 2008

Now that winter has set in, 10 p.m. has become a bittersweet time of day for me. It’s not visions of sugar plums that interrupt our winter’s nap, but instead, it is our time to make one final trip to the barn to pitch box stalls and feed hay. Special place It’s not a typical […]

Resolve to get farm finances in order

Thursday, January 3, 2008

With the new year upon us, now is a great time to make those yearly resolutions to get the farm financial records organized.

Help newborn calves survive the cold

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sounds like something from an old almanac, but I just made it up. While some calves seemingly do get a long and fluffy hair coat overnight, the more important cue of that chill for calf feeders is to feed baby calves more.

Things speed up in the new year

Thursday, December 20, 2007

As we round out the year, I would like take a trip to the variety store to share two special retirements and information on two Ohio State University Extension courses to be offered in the new year.


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