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In cold, calves need nutrients to grow

Thursday, January 22, 2009

No time like the present to talk about feeding calves in cold weather. While the feeder puts on more clothes to help them stay warm, the “layers” of clothing our calves can put on to help them stay warm is nutritional. Yes, a calf coat or blanket of some sort can help a calf maintain […]

Workshop covers milk price outlook

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hello northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. The financial crisis has hit our country with a resounding thud. Sadly, it looks like a rough year is ahead for our dairy industry, as the projections for the upcoming year’s milk prices are bleak. It is no secret that 2009 will be a tight year — […]

It’s year-end tax planning time

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Can’t put it off any longer … it’s year-end tax planning time. “One’s tax management goal should be maximizing after-tax income or wealth over time, not minimizing taxes in any one year.” A sound piece of advice from Purdue University Extension Ag Economist George Patrick. This can be a tough one that requires looking past […]

It’s time to start listening to each other

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dairy farmers are often advised that listening to their cows is a valuable management tool. Working with dairy youth programs, I remind myself of the same logic when it comes to kids, parents and volunteers. If I hope to plan programs that are progressive and useful, time should be set aside to listen to the […]

Here’s where to look when you need information

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A brain teaser is meant to challenge or stimulate. So, the Dairy Brain Teaser is used to stimulate our thinking and provide some valuable information about the dairy industry and about management of dairy enterprises. You will find the correct answers at the end of the article and use the scale provided to relate to […]

You don’t want to miss this workshop

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hello northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania dairy farmers. Ohio State University Extension in Ashtabula County will hold a milk marketing workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Williamsfield Community Center in southern Ashtabula County. This workshop, New Tools for the Dairy Farm Manager — Managing your Margin and Profits with MILC-2008 […]

Dairy ride getting wilder by the minute

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I recall just a few months ago when the whole cottonseed market jumped above $250 per ton. I received numerous phone calls and e-mails requesting help on how to deal “with these obscene cottonseed prices.” I imagine that most dairy producers wouldn’t mind still paying $250 per ton for whole cottonseed. But the rapid changes […]

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 […]

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.

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