Feed Costs

"Shrinking" Feed Supplies Could be Bloating Your Expense Ledger

"Shrinking" Feed Supplies Could be Bloating Your Expense Ledger

7/6/2018

Shrink – it’s a silent thief that could be robbing thousands of dollars annually from your farming operation.

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The Art of Controlling Feed Costs

The Art of Controlling Feed Costs

6/12/2018

To reduce feed costs, farmers need to pay attention to both the cost and the feed value of commodities.

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Burning Questions to Save Money on Feed Costs

Burning Questions to Save Money on Feed Costs

2/28/2018

Low milk prices can have a real impact on dairy farmers. When this occurs, cash becomes short and farmers have to make some tough decisions. They start to look for ways to reduce expenses while also maintaining milk production.

Typically, the biggest expense for a dairy farm is feed costs – both purchased and farm-produced.

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Vitamin A & E Costs Skyrocketing

Vitamin A & E Costs Skyrocketing

2/15/2018

Skyrocketing costs of Vitamin A and E—up six times for A and three times for E, and in some areas even multiples of that—mean dairy farmers will likely have to prioritize which cows receive full supplementation.

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Know Your Cost of Production Going Into 2018

Know Your Cost of Production Going Into 2018

1/19/2018

Class III futures are averaging $14.69 through 2018. So this new year doesn’t look anything like 2009, or does it?

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4 Steps to Lower Feed Costs

4 Steps to Lower Feed Costs

1/10/2018

Emotional decisions that impact cash flow can hurt more today than when prices are higher. During low milk prices, decisions are driven with emotion, but today it needs to be different. Decisions must be measured and well thought out.

Because feed costs are typically 50% to 60% of total operating expenses, we need to generate the most milk margin per cow while maintaining health and reproduction. Decisions on how to feed cows should be made with those objectives in mind.

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Dairy Heifer Feed Cost Budget

Dairy Heifer Feed Cost Budget

8/1/2017

Today’s successful dairy operators recognize that heifers are an important investment in the future of the dairy business .The cost of raising dairy calves and replacement heifers is very significant.

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A Look at True Feed Costs

A Look at True Feed Costs

6/30/2017

As with anything in life, low cost doesn’t necessarily equate to best value. And it’s never truer than with dairy-feed rations.

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Cutting Feed Costs Without Compromising Profitability

Cutting Feed Costs Without Compromising Profitability

4/13/2017

Dairy farm managers make decisions that impact the profitability of their farm and these decisions have both short-term and long-term impacts. Cutting excess cost can drive efficiency and improve overall profitability.

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Keep Purchased Fede Costs In Perspective

Keep Purchased Feed Costs In Perspective

2/1/2017

Feeding cows is very similar to conducting a financial assessment in respect to “What is the return on investment?”  

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