Some producers are doing a better job of predicting their future feed needs, points out Ken Bolton, dairy agent for the University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability.
“Some dairy managers are now becoming familiar with many more risk-management options for milk and feedstuffs,” he says.
“Many producers are looking at controlling more land, making it more productive and purchasing less feed,” he adds. “Added crop diversification may also be occurring.”
And, it helps to keep life in perspective.
“My parents always told me I could be anything I wanted to be, as long as I was happy and as long as I gave it everything I have. I’m still happy, and I’m still giving dairy farming my all — for my family and for all those who depend on us,” Katie Dellar says.