Profit Tips

Protect the future of your business

Strategic business planning can be an important part of long-range success. A business plan serves as a necessary and cost-effective way to improve stability during volatile times, which can be frequent in the agricultural industry. FULL STORY »

Cow cooling pays

Proper cooling of cows can provide $100 to $300 in extra profit per cow per year due to increased milk production and improved feed efficiency, according to Israel Flamenbaum, an international expert on cow cooling. FULL STORY »

Shoo birds don’t bother me

Birds can be nuisance for dairy farmers. They steal feed that could be going to cows and leave quite a mess afterwards. FULL STORY »

New resource for pest management on dairies

Central Life Sciences recently launched, a digital pest management resource developed for dairy professionals. FULL STORY »

If you’re involved in milk production, you need this new book

Need to know the Nation’s top 10 milk-producing states? How about Class III milk prices by month going back eight years? Or perhaps you need the top 10 export markets for U.S. dairy products in 2012. FULL STORY »

Frequent feeding helps promote feed intake

Management of nutrition, including feed delivery and bunk space, can be as important as nutritional composition. Certainly, providing good access to feed throughout the day will help promote intake, according to Trevor DeVries, dairy scientist at the University of Guelph in Canada. FULL STORY »

Pros and cons of using forage preservatives

The efforts to improve the management of forage storage will result in a good return to producer’s investment. Hay, haylage or silage preservatives will reduce storage losses from molds, bacteria and fungi, especially when the forage is harvested at higher moisture levels. FULL STORY »

Angus genetics boost bottom line

In the beef industry, Angus genetics have been the equivalent to Holsteins in the dairy world. When crossed, they can fetch a nice premium for dairy producers who plan on selling calves. This has been the case at D & D Dairy in Rushford, Minn., where co-owner Dean Smith has been utilizing Angus semen on approximately 40 percent of his cows. FULL STORY »

Recycling aids dairymen

Water is reused, reclaimed and recycled on MoDak Dairy, a 2,000-cow operation near Kranzburg, S.D. FULL STORY »

Do you have an action plan to transfer the farm family business?

Transitioning a family farm from one generation to the next can be assisted with a written plan of action. Because each farm family has unique needs and issues, each family business transition plan is different. This makes it impossible to develop one plan that fits all, or even most situations. FULL STORY »

Cow health issues to be diagnosed earlier with electronic pill

Visual symptoms of a health risk can come too late for beef and dairy producers, but an electronic pill in development can monitor the health of a cow and diagnose problems before they get out of control. FULL STORY »

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