Buckeye Dairy News : Volume 10 Issue 6

November 2008
In This Issue:
  1. Nutrition

    Feed Costs: Corn Silage or Alfalfa
    Dr. Bill Weiss, Dairy Extension Specialist,
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    Which forage is usually more economical for Ohio dairy farmers to produce and feed to their cows?  This article provides the answer to that pressing question.

  2. Economics

    The Costs of Nutrients and Comparison of Feedstuffs Prices
    Dr. Normand St-Pierre, Dairy Management Specialist,
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio StateUniversity

    The cost of dietary energy took a tumble last month, whereas the cost of metabolizable protein went up.  The Cow-Jones Index, a measure of profitability in the dairy sector, surged $2.54/cwt, a 37% increase over September, and stood at $9.34/cwt in October, indicating modest but positive profits on Ohio dairy farms.  Regardless, careful selection of feeds to make up a dairy ration can still help improving 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 in the Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry Outlook/LDP-M-171 / November 17, 2008 Economic Research Service, USDA.

  3. Judging

    2008 Ohio Dairy Challenge
    Dr. Maurice Eastridge, Dairy Extension Specialist,
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    The 2008 Ohio Dairy Challenge was held November 14-15 and was again sponsored by Cargill Animal Nutrition. The farm selected for the contest this year was R-Style Holsteins in Edison, OH, and it is owned by Bill, Joyce, and Brian Rausch. There were 13 teams and 46 students that participated in the program, the largest participation ever.

    OSU Youth Program News
    Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Judging Coach and Program Specialist,
    Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

    Results of the Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, and news of our 4-H, FFA, and OSU Dairy Judging Teams.