It’s never too early to start thinking about who will take over your farm’s management responsibilities.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Own vs. owe. Two three-letter words and the last letter makes all the difference.
It’s that busy time a year, when trying to get the crops planted and worrying about getting the first cutting of hay off is weighing heavily on every farmer’s mind. This seasonal stress is added to the already existing stress of keeping up with all the day-to-day activities. Along with these “normal seasonal” and “day-to-day” […]
Limit feeding heifers. Sounds like a plan when feed ingredient prices are soaring out of sight. Less feed, less cost, right? Maybe, maybe not. What is limit feeding? When I first heard that phrase, with the implication that heifers aren’t being fed as much as “normal,” my first thought was, “Hope their heifer barn isn’t […]
A few weeks ago, our state dairy specialist, Dianne Shoemaker, gave a preview of Ohio State University Extension’s newly revamped Bulletin 864 — “15 Measures of Dairy Farm Competitiveness.” As we gear up for our busy spring plant season, it is a great time to highlight some of the concepts discussed in the bulletin about […]
I remember thinking that $3 corn was outrageous, that $300 soybean meal was a rip-off and that $200 cottonseed must have been a revenge of the Confederates. How much I would like to see these prices again! We’ve had high corn prices in the past; we’ve experienced high soybean meal and cottonseed prices, also. Some […]
“How do I know if I am competitive?” “How can I become more competitive?” These were the questions from producers that led to the development and publication of Dairy Excel’s 15 Measures of Dairy Farm Competitiveness in 1997. Those same questions are just as valid today and can be answered in the context of today’s […]
It is no surprise that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations. A number of factors, including noise, heavy machinery, animals, machine parts that rotate, cut and pinch, and long hours all contribute to this fact.
Budgeting helps guide you through your decision-making process as you attempt to commit resources to the most profitable enterprises on the farm.
Monitoring herd feed costs is very critical for increasing dairy farm profitability.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Higher fuel and nitrogen prices in 2007 have signaled trends that will most likely hold throughout 2008.
Yes, it is time to take inventories and prepare balance sheets.
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 […]