Jan. 15 2024
It is critical to avoid delivering excess nutrients to our dairy animals that they don’t or can’t utilize
April 10 2023
Even with the U.S. All-Milk price averaging above $22 per hundredweight (cwt.) for the first two months of 2023, profitability is suffering for most producers. It turns out that feed costs are largely...
March 23 2023
Cost-cutting should always start with the largest expense areas, and on dairies, that’s feed. Reducing expenses in this area has become more complex, though, as the inputs for growing and purchasing...
March 20 2023
I had an actual conversation with Microsoft Bing’s new A.I. . . . as in artificial intelligence . . . chatbot this morning. After so much press about this new A.I. tool’s usefulness to regular...
April 28 2022
Feed expenses make up more than half the cost of producing milk on today’s dairy farms
April 25 2022
The price of milk is in a race with the price of feed as both continue to climb in 2022. A higher milk price is welcomed by farmers, but profits are cut short
April 21 2022
Many dairies across the country are still feeding contracted or stored-on-farm feeds and forages. It’s a blessing given the upheaval in feed markets in the past months
April 18 2022
Although cow numbers grew modestly in February to 9.37 million cows and stopped an eight-month slide in herd size, tight milk supplies in the U.S. continue to squeeze processors
April 18 2022
“I like to think about what we do when we build rations is we’re really babysitting the confluence of economics and biology
March 30 2022
As shelled corn prices are a couple dollars higher per bushel (56 pounds as-fed basis) compared to prior years, dairy farmers are asking what alternatives and strategies could be considered
Sept. 2 2021
The combination of higher feed costs and falling milk prices induced the largest payments so far this year for USDA’s dairy insurance program
Aug. 16 2021
USDA’s August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report provides the first look at survey-based yield estimates for this year’s corn crop
Aug. 16 2021
Accurately calculating the costs associated with operating a dairy farm is critical to evaluating if management practices and changes are worth their investment and helping the farm turn a profit
June 10 2021
When purchasing a new truck, you recognize that different trim levels, accessories, and engine displacements are factors that contribute to the vehicle’s value
June 10 2021
Dairy farmers are facing higher corn and soybean meal prices in 2021. Corn has moved from $3 a bushel to over $6 a bushel while soybean meal is up $100 a ton
April 22 2021
As corn and soybean prices continue to climb upward, farmers may have some difficult decisions to make when it comes to rations for the dairy herd
Feb. 11 2021
A lot of volatility has been occurring in the commodity markets during the last couple of months
Dec. 24 2020
Feed is a major expense on any dairy farm, so it is critical to select ingredients for the ration that make nutritional and financial sense
Aug. 6 2020
What area of your dairy received the most scrutiny as you looked to tighten your budgets?
Dec. 9 2019
With the milk price component of the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) calculation climbing for the tenth consecutive month in October, and margin levels above the $9.50 threshold since August, the fact that...