Sunday, November 29, 2015

Now that school is out, students may be looking for a summer job baling hay, milking cows, picking vegetables or assisting with many of the other daily tasks on your farm.

Managing dairy heifer calves is right up there with dairy farm finances in my book. There is no future dairy business without either one of them.

Would you trade places with your cows - especially on a 90-degree and humid day? If your cows are in a well-ventilated barn with fans properly spaced and maintained, you might.

Feed is the most expensive input on a dairy farm. Dairy operations typically incur annual feed expenses amounting to $1,000 to $1,200 per cow per year.

"Silos go to Preschool," "Grown Men Get Paid to Work with Playdough," "Where Playdough and Silo Meet" or "Dairy Farms are Future Site of World Record Playdough Production" might have set the stage for what was to come.

In response to the appearance of Phakospora pachyrhizi, or soybean rust, in the United States, the USDA developed a federal, state, university and industry framework for surveillance, reporting, prediction and management of soybean rust for the 2005 growing season.

What might be considered cutting edge, different, or a niche market product here is just another day at the farm somewhere else in the world.

On Jan. 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the air quality compliance agreement.

I am the first to admit that sometimes I make a mess of things. I try to teach my kids that the best reaction is to 'fess up, take responsibility, fix what I can, learn from my mistakes and move on.

It is no secret that managing a family business has its ups and downs. Some family members may not have a desire to be involved in the business, while others want to understand and manage the business, but have never been given the opportunity to participate in making decisions.