Will Your Bulk Tank Be Big Enough?

Ration management

This is the question that applies to everything on the dairy. With the long-running industry trends point to numbers that could sneak up on you in a hurry. 

In 2016, the average U.S. dairy had 223 cows, production was 22,774 pounds per cow, and total production per farm was 5,081,104 pounds per year. But just a decade ago those figures were 147 cows, 19,951 pounds per cow, and 2,932,797 total pounds per farm. Two decades ago they were 88 cows, 16,479 pounds, and 1,450,152 pounds. 

Dairy herds are growing all the time, cows are becoming more productive all the time, and the result is total pounds of milk per farm is snowballing fast. 

In 20 years, it will be about 14.8 million pounds (40,700 pounds per day). Average production per cow will be over 28,000 pounds and average herd size will be over 500 cows. Will you be ready for a farm that big?

Click here to see the table that shows how big that snowball could get.


Article from Hoard's Dairyman, APR. 2017



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