How much harvested forage or purchased grains and commodities are wasted on your operation? As of mid-January, a 1,000-bushel semi-trailer of corn grain was worth about $6,000. Reducing shrink on that semi-trailer load of corn from 10 percent to 5 percent is worth at least $300.

Bob James, extension dairy scientist at Virginia Tech, recommends that you inspect the following areas and correct problems that can increase shrink:

• Dry feed storage areas.
• Feed storage structures for insect and animal damage.
• Spillage during loading of mixer wagons.
• Overloading the mixer wagon.

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