Sunday, June 26, 2016

It hardly seems like two years have passed, but the registration brochures circulating for the Ohio Dairy Management Conference confirm that they have.

Financial management of dairy farms is one of the biggest challenges of today's managers. Like raising heifers and spreading manure on the far-away fields, financial management often gets relegated to the bottom of the to-do list.

As the winter feeding period approaches, thoughts of my feeding program come to mind.

This is going to be a "confessions" column to try to lure all those folks who love or hate working with farm bookkeeping, records and finances into really enjoying themselves at the From Bookkeeper to CFO workshops this fall.

This week I attended the Manure Application Challenges and Issues Train the Trainer session at Salt Fork Lodge in Guernsey County, sponsored by the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

It was another successful Canfield Fair. Mom translation: the kids had a good time, none of them got sick, all the work got done, good weather, no disasters and a chance to visit with a bunch of nice people.

The World Agricultural Forum, 2004 Regional Congress was held in St. Louis, Mo., from May 16-18. The forum featured presentations and discussions by some of the most influential stakeholders in global agriculture and food production.

"Pre-milking cow preparation - secret methods of producing high quality milk" catchy title! That "Secret Methods" part is a particularly nice touch

Dairy expert Ernie Oelker presents a workshop at Headwaters of Conservation Conference.

Recently I had a discussion with a farm family interested in bringing a son into the farm business. The discussion revolved around the many questions and concerns family members have when making a decision as important as this.
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