Stories by Normand St-Pierre

Understanding capricious milk prices: How to make the most of your next milk check

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The USDA might be the entity that calculates component prices, but you are the one who determines how much of each component your cows are producing.

Look beyond your neighbor’s fence

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Too cold, too hot, too dry, too wet. Had I looked over my neighbor’s fence this last spring and early summer, I would have concluded that we had received way too much rain.

Dairymen are American heroes

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Our American dairy farmers are heroes in their own right.

My American heroes? Farmers!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

In the first week of May, American farmers seeded over 35 percent of this year’s projected corn acreage — in one week!

No substitute for quality forages

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Forage quality has a huge effect on your cows’ health and productivity and is arguably the single most important factor to dairy profitability.

Dairy price swings should balance out

Saturday, March 28, 2015

As things stand for now, what we have in terms of price and dairy profitability should remain pretty much the same.

And cheese comes from cows? Peanuts from a peanut facility? Crazy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A few days ago, I was flying home from Washington D.C., having spent two days in a long meeting of questionable productivity.

Be real when assessing your dairy risk

Thursday, January 8, 2015

In all likelihood, expect a tough year for dairy production.

Milk prices are about to fall big time

Monday, December 8, 2014

For all of 2015, Class III futures are currently averaging $16.51/cwt, which would put the average mailbox price in Federal Order 33 at about $18/cwt for the year.

Take time to know your feed costs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Milk prices are still phenomenal and feed prices are far below what you were paying last year. So what am I fretting about?


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About Normand

Normand St-Pierre is an Extension dairy specialist at Ohio State University. Questions or comments can be sent in care of Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.