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What to do about your price of milk?

2014 was a great year for dairymen in terms of the milk prices. But what about the future? Nothing is really nailed down, correct? So take a deep breath. Could it all change and go down? Yes! Seasons change, fuel prices vary, corn and soybean prices jump around. Milk...

SCC LEVELS & POTENTIAL MILK LOSS CHART

Somatic                     Potential Cell                             Milk Loss Count                         Lb/Cow/Lactation) (In 1000’s) 0-50                               0 51-75                         100 76-100                       300     EXCELLENT...

Cull Cows Now

One of the best management practices is liberal culling of non-profitable cows. This also includes persistent high SCC/ mastitis (300 SCC and up) cows, those with feet and leg, udder and even disposition problems, or cows fresh ten months and not pregnant. There are...

MANAGING FOR HIGHER MILK PROFITS

1) Sheer milk volume alone will not do it. How much is it costing you to achieve high performance? 2) Feed is the biggest expense. Like fuel in vehicles, you must “shop for” the best feed values. In this year following a near USA nationwide long summer drought, feed...