Buckeye Dairy News : Volume 10 Issue 5

  1. Foreword

    The Game that Never Ends
    Normand St-Pierre, Editor
    st-pierre.8@osu.edu

    Record high corn prices; record high soybean prices; record rain fall last spring; drought in the summer; record corn and soybean price drops; high milk prices; low milk prices… it just never ends!  When you think that you have it figured out, the game changes on you.  But the advice found in this issue of Buckeye Dairy News remains sound and solid across all sorts of physical and economic conditions.  Enjoy!

  2. Nutrition

    Keeping an Eye on Feed Costs: Protein Supplements
    Dr. Bill Weiss, Dairy Extension Specialist,
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    Protein supplements represent a significant portion of most feed bills.  This article provides information on how to compare common protein sources that are often fed to dairy cows in Ohio.

    October 2008 Corn Silage Crop
    Dr. Maurice L. Eastridge, Dairy Extension Specialist,
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    The 2008 corn growing season has presented some challenges that may impact the nutritional composition of the corn silage resulting from this year’s crop.  This article provides suggestions on managing this year’s corn silage.

    Frost Damage and Prussic Acid Poisoning
    Dr. Bill Weiss, Dairy Extension Specialist,
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    Frost damaged sorghums and sudangrasses can be toxic to cattle.  This is a short review of the problem and how to avoid it.

  3. Economics

    The Ride is Getting Wilder by the Minute: The Costs of Nutrients and Comparison of Feedstuffs Prices
    Dr. Normand St-Pierre, Dairy Management Specialist,
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio StateUniversity

    Currently, feed costs account for close to 60% of milk revenues on the average Ohio farm.  The Cow-Jones Index, a measure of profitability in the dairy sector, has been under the $8 profitability threshold for 3 months in a row.  Careful selection of feeds can help in these times of tight margins.

    Milk Price Outlook
    Dr. Cameron Thraen, State Specialist, Dairy Markets and Policy,
    The Ohio State University Extension, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

    Summary of projected production and price information issued by the USDA-Economic Research Service in its Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry Outlook report issued on September 19.

    Cows and Credit: How Much Debt Can a Cow Carry?
    Dianne Shoemaker, Extension Dairy Specialist,
    Ohio State University Extension

    Credit issues are making headlines, but on-going, responsible management of credit plays a key role in successful dairy businesses.  How much income do your cows have to generate to cover scheduled principal, interest, and capital lease payments each year?  What can we reasonably expect cows to do?  Measure 10: Scheduled debt payment, of the 15 Measures of Dairy Farm Competitiveness gives guidance about competitive levels and what to do if you are asking your cows to do too much.

    Dairy Risk Management Programs in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act 2008:
    Milk Income Loss Contract Program and Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy
    Insurance

    Dr. Cameron Thraen, State Specialist, Dairy Markets and Policy,
    The Ohio State University Extension, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

    Learn the significant changes made by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 Dairy Title to the 2002 Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program.  A summary of the new Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy insurance product is also provided.

  4. Health and Animal Well-Being

    Johne’s Disease:  What Have we Learned from our Demonstration Herd Project?
    Dr. William Shulaw, Extension Veterinarian, Cattle and Sheep
    Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University

    Learn about the National Johne’s Disease Demonstration Herd Project and the findings so far.

    Protecting Consumer Trust and Confidence in the Dairy Industry:
    National Dairy Animal Well-Being Coalition Launches Principles and Guidelines

    Dr. Naomi Botheras, Program Specialist
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    On October 2, 2008, the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative, a producer-led Coalition that includes members from every sector of the dairy industry, introduced the Initiative's Principles and Guidelines -- a uniform umbrella of assurance that the dairy industry is meeting its ethical obligations for dairy animal well-being.  The goal of the Principles and Guidelines is to protect consumer trust and confidence in the dairy industry by demonstrating dairy producers’ commitment to animal well-being.

  5. Judging

    Dairy Judging: What you Should Know
    Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Judging Coach and Program Specialist
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    Learn how to train and try out for the Ohio 4-H or OSU college dairy judging teams.

    Dairy Judging Teams Update
    Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Judging Coach and Program Specialist
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    Learn the most recent accomplishments of our 4-H and OSU collegiate dairy judging teams.