The average starting wage varied with the job performed and the worker’s experience. Highest wages on farms were for herdsmen: $11.42/hour for inexperienced; $14.31/hour for experienced.
A factsheet series is available on the FARM Team Website: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/farmteam/workgroup/humanresource/
Indiana dairy ID and traceability rules discussed
Dr. Bret Marsh, Indiana State Veterinarian, provided an update on Indiana's proposed disease traceability rules during regional Indiana Dairy Producer Association meetings. The proposed rules for identifying dairy animals are designed to align with USDA's federal traceability program.
Although the proposal is new, many provisions of it have been in place for years. One of the biggest changes for dairy producers is that every dairy animal sold off the farm needs to be tagged, including bull calves, with permanent ID, unless it is going directly to slaughter. Approved ID's are 840 tags (840 identifies the animal as being from the United States) or an Indiana NUES tag (metal or plastic) that has a US shield. These tags can be purchased by producers. 840's can be either RFID or bangle tag. Registration numbers and tattoos are not acceptable ID.
Indiana's rule will probably be in full effect by January 2015. For more information on this rule, go to BOAH's website link here or contact the State Board of Animal Health at 877-747-3038
Indiana Milk Quality Conference is April 15-16
The Indiana Milk Quality Conference will be held April 15-16, at Don Hall’s Guesthouse, Fort Wayne, Ind. The meeting includes a producer panel featuring Nathan Kuehnert, John Metzger and John and Cynthia Adam. Ryan Rogers from Homestead Dairy will talk about setting up a digester. Special registration for each dairy farm is only $50 for all farm members. Visit website for registration details. Dairy farmers can get special pricing and download the producer registration form here.