Seven recipients will focus on increasing profitability by improving milk quality, evaluating herd health protocols, making business plans or improving employee relations. Eight grants will be used to assist with farm transfers such as Royal-Mist Holsteins. The remaining grants will be used to plan and prepare for future investments. An example of these projects include: pasture irrigation, updated heifer facilities and manure storage.
The Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30×20 Initiative was formed after discussions of state dairy leaders. In March 2012, Governor Scott Walker announced the Initiative’s goal to improve the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy industry by achieving an annual milk production of 30 billion pounds by 2020 to meet the growing demand of the marketplace and assisting Wisconsin dairy farmers to increase profitability.
Learn more about the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30×20 Initiative and available services at GrowWisconsinDairy.wi.gov. Contact the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30×20 Team toll-free at 855-WI DAIRY or 855-943-2479. Dairy farmers can also email the Team at GrowWisconsinDairy@wi.gov.