STAYING SMALL, AND STAYING IN….

Challenging the notion that dairy farms need to be large to survive “Get big or get out!” seems to have been the mantra of the dairy industry over the last 20-30 years, certainly if a shrinking percentage in farms in the developed world with fewer than 200 dairy cows, and doubling of very large farms  with more than 2000 cows since 2000 is anything to go by. Tight profit margins are continually being eroded by increasing input costs, fluctuating weather patterns and inflexible…

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DAIRY FARMING – FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BOTTOM LINE

Anybody who has had a go at dairy farming, on whatever scale, will know that managing dairy cows is an art rather than a science. Whether a dairy farm makes a profit or a loss depends on a host of variables, and hard experience built up over years is priceless. Whether large or small-scale, all dairy farmers with success stories to tell will point to good record-keeping habits as the mainstay of their businesses. While large-scale dairy farms can justify sophisticated milking machines…

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