Blessed are those producing our food. Their resilience is unequaled; their patience, admirable. To me, they are a blessed mystery. Last year was arguably the worst year ever in our dairy industry. Some dairy farmers lost their lifelong savings — no big bailout for them. Yet, milk is still being produced, plentiful and wholesome. Laboring […]
After reading the Dairy Excel column in the March 25 issue about hiring teen workers and knowing the law, I began thinking, not only is it important to know the law, but also to understand this younger generation of workers. As a manager, you must realize that every generation has its own values and personal […]
It is always important to monitor the yield of milk and the composition of milk, especially for the individual farmer, because the income of the dairy farm depends on this source of revenue. The yields of protein and fat are the primary determinants of the price received by farmers. And the proportions of fat and […]
With the school year coming to a close in another month or so, many students will be looking for employment on farms. But are all students allowed to operate machinery, handle livestock, apply chemicals, or work unlimited hours? For the most part, the answer is no. Know the law As an employer, it is your […]
Farmstead and artisan cheese operations can allow farm families to become price-makers instead of price takers for their milk. A hands-on workshop in Ohio can show you how.
“Thinking outside of the box.” We use the phrase to refer to a nontraditional idea. Perhaps the exact definition isn’t so important, but we should never underestimate the value of such logic. Maybe the following 4-H dairy program is an example of an idea created outside of the normal parameters. Dairy “COW”reers Day will be […]
The cost of production number, combined with the four key numbers outlined in this article, will help each dairy farm define the point where the business is unlikely to be able to bounce back.
Have you thought about developing a public relations plan for your farm? As we look at the challenges facing agriculture, topping the list today is the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) and their attempt to place an issue on the November 2010 ballot. It will take the help of all farmers to help spread […]
While recently catching up on some reading, I saw an article that caught my interest. It was titled “Is your child ready for farm chores?” Since I work with dairy youth programs, this topic captured my curiosity. However, as a parent who had regularly enforced chores upon our sons, I had not posed such a […]
As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face. While many farmers dream of seeing their legacy passed onto the next generation, many postpone initiating a plan for the transition of their […]