Saturday, Oct. 5, 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Scheps Dairy Inc., Almena, Wis.
920 Milking/RFID Technology
Sponsored by: AgSource Cooperative Services
At Scheps Dairy, efficiency is a top priority as the herd has continued to grow steadily since it was founded in 1977 by Ken Scheps. In 1999, Ken and his wife Debbie completed an initial expansion and welcomed Ken’s brother, Dan, as a partner in the operation. Dan brought with him a degree from UW-River Falls and five years of experience as a dairy nutritionist. To help improve the dairy’s efficiency, each of the 920 cows and young stock are outfitted with RFID tags. With these tags, the Scheps are able to closely monitor each cow. Tracking software is also used to monitor feed intake. Additionally, they rely heavily on milk test information and other tools to measure the dairy’s success. It was through these tools that they recognized the need to build a transition barn in 2007. Transition cows were struggling after calving, costing money through the course of their lactation. By working with financial advisors, they were able to justify the cost of building the facility they needed. Currently, the herd has a rolling herd average of 32,166 pounds of milk with 1,294 pounds of fat and 1,033 pounds of protein while maintaining a somatic cell count of 121,000. Scheps Dairy has been honored with numerous production awards and was named a Wisconsin Top Ten Production Herd in 2012.
There will be plenty to experience at the “Center of the Dairy Universe”, World Dairy Expo, which will be October 1 through October 5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Admission is $10 daily or $30 for a season pass, parking included. The trade show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit www.worlddairyexpo.com for the latest schedule details or follow Expo all year long on Facebook at facebook.com/worlddairyexpo.