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The more things change…

Thursday, August 13, 2009

“Tho they may never expect to become farmers, urban youth will soon be in positions where their word may count strongly for the welfare of agriculture. Having them in your community offers a good chance to make lasting friendships for yourself and all farm people.” Inviting non-farm people to visit farms and farm communities is […]

Now may be the perfect time to re-evaluate operation and your goals

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This past week, I taught a session at the state Soil and Water Conservation District Summer Supervisors’ School. The session was an overview of the current agriculture climate and many of the risks involved in the business. One of my summary statements was ‘make time to take stock’. Re-evaluate What I meant by this statement […]

Think about how to tell your story

Thursday, July 23, 2009

In early June I had the opportunity to attend a three-day farm management in-service training in Omaha, Neb. After sitting in meetings for two days I didn’t want to go back and sit in my hotel room, so I decided to take an early evening walk. I was hoping to be able to take in […]

Just how good are you at dairying?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The prolonged depressed milk prices in the dairy industry are creating critical cash-flow and long-term survivability issues on Ohio’s 3,328 dairy farms. Cost-cutting decisions must be made with full awareness of both short- and long-term production and economic consequences. Many farms are analyzing every aspect of their business to see where money can be saved. […]

Ohio Dairy Quiz Bowl is a must see

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I have either observed or been a part of many competitive events in my lifetime. Watching the Olympics on television has been almost like being there. Then there was that time I watched a dairy judge take 15 minutes to decide what two-year-old would end up with the blue ribbon. I’ve even attended OSU/Michigan games […]

Flexible Cash Lease Calculator decision aid at OSU farm management

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Now, more than ever, big swings in crop prices and input costs points toward negotiating some flexibility in cash leases for farmland. “Volatile” and “uncertain” are two words that might best describe grain prices and input costs for row crop production heading into the 2009 planting season. With this increased volatility and uncertainty, risk increases […]

Farm employees may need more than pay

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Many employers would be shocked to learn that good wages and job security are not necessarily the ultimate motivators for employees.

Examine your labor efficiency

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hello northeast Ohio dairy farmers. With the financial crunch being experienced in the dairy industry, many farms are analyzing every aspect of their business to see where money can be saved. Labor efficiency One area farm managers are examining is their labor efficiency. A variety of research surveys have stated the number one issue facing […]

Spring Dairy Expo is quite an event

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Spring lifts all our spirits. It is the season that allows us the time to step away from reality and renew our hopes for a better year than the last. We can briefly put away our dismal moods and enjoy the simple beauty of turning the cows out to pasture for the first time in […]

DIBS address issues facing dairy producers dealing with milk prices

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Plummeting prices in the dairy industry are creating critical cash-flow and long-term survivability issues on Ohio’s 3,328 dairy farms. Full awareness Cost-cutting decisions must be made with full awareness of both short and long-term production and economic consequences. For instance, do you really save money by buying a bull and not purchasing frozen semen? A […]

Feeding for pounds of fat and protein: That’s all you are paid for

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Would you rather have a cow milking an average of 80 pounds or 70 pounds of milk per day? This turns out to be a tricky question, one you can’t answer unless you are told what the composition of the milk is in each case. Then, what if I tell you both cows are producing […]

Cowmunicators 101 was huge success

Thursday, April 9, 2009

It began with a simple idea. It was then shared with American Dairy Association Mideast and they too saw merit in the concept. On March 28, Cowmunicators 101 became a reality. Held at the Nationwide and OFBF 4-H Center, the attendance far exceeded the original goal and those who attended took part in a one-of-a-kind […]

Recognizing stress and depression

Thursday, April 2, 2009

As a high school student I worked on a hog farm operated by a good family who was well respected throughout the community. While in college I learned my previous employer had fallen into a deep depression, neglected feeding the animals and considered suicide as a way to cope with the low hog prices and […]

Alternatives for dealing with down cycle

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Most dairy farm businesses are not cash flowing. Some may be if they priced first half milk production using futures or options contracts when the early 2009 prices were trading considerably higher than they are now. No sense in kicking yourself if you didn’t do that, just deal with what is. Protecting your equity and […]

It’s time to get with the times

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It’s the 1970s. An air-dried Polaroid shows your leisure suit and platform shoes, just before you hop into your pickup and check the CB for friends talking skip. At home, you play a new video game called Pong but don’t know anything about computers. Radio Shack’s ad on the sports page says you need one. […]

Dairy farms are in the limbo line

Thursday, March 12, 2009

If you have ever taken a small child to a roller skating party, sooner or later some energetic teenagers corral the troops and organize them into a long line to do the limbo. While two kids hold onto either end of a long stick, each child tries to skate under the stick while bending backwards. […]

Ohio crop Enterprise Budget updates

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Newly updated Enterprise Budgets for 2009 have been completed and posted to the Farm Management Web site of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. Web site Updated Enterprise Budgets can be viewed and downloaded from http://aede.osu.edu/Programs/FarmManagement/Budgets/. Recent changes in fertilizer costs and crop prices have changed the profitability outlook for field crops in […]

Ohio’s minimum wage rate increased

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A quick look at a few business-related topics this month. The first of the year brought an increase in Ohio’s minimum wage rate. For most dairy businesses this will mean an increase for employees that were working at the previous rate of $7 per hour. Adjust wages Ohio employers need to adjust wages for hourly […]

Your animals on welfare

Thursday, February 5, 2009

By the time you read this column, the reality of the current dairy economics will be hitting you like a brick. The January Class III price has been announced at $10.78/cwt, a drop of $4.50/cwt from the December 2008 prices. The blend price in Federal Order 33 in January will average about $14/cwt, depending your […]

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 […]

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