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Consider forage quality, location when weighing winter feeding options

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

While some managers in our area have been able to stockpile grass in a few paddocks, more stored forage will be required this year. This week’s “All About Grazing” column offers management tips for winter feeding.

Dairy Channel: Farming crickets or cows takes skill

Thursday, November 21, 2002

District Extension Dairy Specialist veers from her normal dairy channels this week to explore the world of cricket farming. Yep, that’s right. Crickets.

Dairy Excel: Farm with a winning business attitude

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Bernie Erven writes on farm management, sharing the fact that the top manager sets the tone for everyone else in a business.

Dairy Channel: Beware of income taxes this year

Thursday, November 7, 2002

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?

Dairy Excel: Will dairy industry follow trends of poultry and pork livestock sectors?

Thursday, October 31, 2002

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.

Dairy Channel: Why are dairymen getting squeezed, and will new MILC program help?

Thursday, October 24, 2002

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.

Dairy Excel: December dairy conference: Let’s talk cows

Thursday, October 17, 2002

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.

Dairy Channel: Silo management challenges in 2002

Thursday, October 10, 2002

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.

Dairy Excel: Dairy producers getting squeezed: Time to review Dairy Excel book

Thursday, October 3, 2002

Extension dairy agent Tom Noyes gets back to basics in this week’s Dairy Excel column.

Dairy Channel: Anti-fair person has change of heart

Thursday, September 26, 2002

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.

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