Tag: dairy

Atlee Carr and Audrey Ferguson after placing 3rd and 1st in the state

Mowrystown FFA well represented at Spring Dairy Expo

Members of the Mowrystown FFA chapter recently traveled to Columbus to participate in state dairy juding as well as the state dairy handlers contest. Our high school judging team placed 23rd in the state, the middle school team placed 1st in the state, Audrey Ferguson placed 1st in dairy handlers, and Atlee Carr was 3rd. Audrey will move [...]

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Carol Losey, a dairy farmer outside of Middleburg in Logan County, is concerned about the future of his operation as processors are favoring farms that can fill a truckload.

Small dairy farm concerns growing by the tank load

As Ohio’s small dairies continue to battle slim to negative margins, mounting regulations and rising input costs, there is growing concern about increasingly limited markets because of a growing trend from milk processors. The typical milk transport trailer carries 7,000 to 8,000 gallons of milk per load. Small dairies are worried about what seems to [...]

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The Dairy Cattle Judging team Kelsey Arquette, Tayler Common, Lila Common, Patrick Miller, Claire Sample, and Mikah Arquette after competing in the D1 Dairy Cattle CDE.

Anthony Wayne FFA comptes in district Dairy Judging

On Thursday, October 13th, six Anthony Wayne FFA members competed in the District One FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Career Development Event. The members had to evaluate four classes of dairy cattle, scoring them on how well they appear to produce milk and calves. They also had to complete a written test, and evaluate pedigrees to [...]

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Feeding Farmers Week 1 — Schmitmeyer Farms, Mercer County

Week number one of Feeding Farmers, fall edition, took the crew of the Ohio Ag Net south of Celina to the Mercer County farm of Dave and Gina Schmitmeyer and family. Dale Minyo broadcast middays from the farm following a tour of the dairy, swine, and crop operation. The operation utilizes the latest in milking [...]

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A robot’s touch the answer for Bar-Lee Jerseys

The dairy industry’s constant search for the most cost effective and efficient production options has resulted in some unique technological changes in recent years. Milking a cow with robots, something thought of as near science fiction not long ago, is now being accepted as the way of life on a number of Ohio dairies. Bar-Lee [...]

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Lou Brown is hard at work crunching numbers on his dairy farm during the current stretch of low milk prices.

Dairy farm economics not adding up

It has happened to every farmer. The production numbers are plugged into the calculator, and double-checked, but they just do not seem to be adding up quite right on the short side of profitability. These days many dairy producers are drinking a couple of extra glasses of milk to calm their nerves and enjoying an [...]

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This is the process the manure goes through in the PRS.

Phosphorus Recovery System addresses water quality challenges with manure

The vexing problem of phosphorus in the water continues to make big headlines and haunt animal agriculture. This political hot button, however, has led to some positive developments in research regarding on-farm practices and technology. One of the most recently announced innovations addressing this problem is the Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) from Quasar Energy that [...]

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Good news and bad news for dairy prices

Has the nation’s dairy industry seen the bottom when it comes to milk prices? Chris Galen, the Senior Vice President of Communications with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), said that may be the case. That is, of course, good news for dairy farmers, but Galen said there are some negatives in 2015. “I think that [...]

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A cautionary tale of manure, insurance and the neighbor’s well

A case was recently decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court that got my attention. This is not law in Ohio and may never be law in Ohio. If a similar set of facts were to come before an Ohio court, it is likely that this case may be referred to by one of the parties [...]

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MPP signup extended to Dec. 19

Dairy farmers who thought they had until today, now have until Dec. 19 to sign up for the now twice extended Margin Protection Program (MPP). The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below levels [...]

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