Burrowing rodents are not only nuisances but they steal profits, as well. Gophers, ground squirrels, moles and prairie dog mounds are silent thieves limiting cash flow into the pockets of forage crop and livestock producers worldwide. Machinery breakdowns, damaged stands, injured animals, critical harvest time lost as well as reduced hay quality from dirt in the hay are serious factors for cattlemen.
Even for dairymen, who see the dawn of each day before the rest of America, it’s not so easy to see how the future will unfold. That’s because our industry is changing at a faster pace than ever before, especially as it relates to new technologies. And while those enhancements have made production more efficient and cost-effective, they’ve also raised challenges.
As the slogan goes, “It does a body good.” It is our first food. It’s a leading source of calcium, Vitamin D and a host of other nutrients for a balanced diet. Any time there’s a camera around, you hear someone yelling, “Cheese!” A warm cup of milk to help us sleep, part of a favorite after-school snack, strong bones, and healthy smiles, and the precursor to a favorite photo – milk is a part of our lives, dairy is ingrained in our culture.
Today’s dairymen face a multitude of obstacles when it comes to being profitable. When analyzing why some producers are more profitable than others, milk production and feed costs are both strong indicators of profit. That being said, could something as simple as the manner in which feed is milled improve both these areas of your dairy business and more? A Wisconsin entrepreneur named Nathan Braunschweig says, “Yes!”
While spring pasture fertilizing can provide the boost grasslands need, Jeff McCutcheon, of Morrow County University, advises to analyze applications closely due to the dangers of fast growth and ‘luxury consumption’ in grass.
Every spring I get questions from producers about fertilizing their pastures with nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, writes Jeff McCutcheon.
Recharge globally & locally. Meet up with dairy producers from around the world at this year’s conference. Find out that despite the miles between us, the issues we face bring us closer together than ever.
MARCH 12 - 13, 2013
ALLIANT ENERGY CENTER,
PROFESSIONAL DAIRY PRODUCERS
Keynote Speakers and Entertainment
Dairying Around the World International Panel of Dairy Producers