What we have learned through this process is that we can do better!
With the first oatlage pile, we measured the shrink and were excited to learn that it was 13 percent, down from an expected 25 percent. Now, we have calculated what a reduction in shrink from 25 percent to 15 percent would do on all silages and are pouring another slab of concrete with the money saved. We also plan at least one more new slab of concrete for the drive-over pile currently on dirt. We expect that the inventory previously purchased for 12 months will now last 13 to 14 months, and our banker likes that. By reducing shrink, we can now allocate more acres to the production of feeds like earlage, making the dairy even more self-sufficient and profitable.
The dairymen are very excited and want to continue making improvements in all areas of the operation.
Bottom-line: The dairymen have seen lots of success in the eight short months they have been solely responsible for the herd, farm ground and facilities. By rallying the troops, they have contributed to the fantastic position they are in today and for the future of their dairy business. It has been fun to see them do what they love and work together as a family.