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May 24, 2012

Without a plan, your forage options for when things go wrong are very limited. What is your plan?

HayTalk on Planning for Forage Supplies Have You A Forage Plan? When you need forage is not the time to start planning for it. Now is the time to take into account outcomes from prior years, look at forecasts, update your livestock plans, and review your finances. Then tackle some of the farm production activities to see how forage options can be extended or modified to buy time if needed. Key is having some backup plans for when the weather does not cooperate!

May 10, 2012

Do you have the right fencing? Will the cows stay or will they go?

HayTalk on Fencing Design Fencing DesignFencing is key to keeping your livestock around. The type and style of the fencing are some aspects to consider when adding or upgrading fencing. This HayTalk chat covers some of the details.

March 17, 2012

Fencing is key to keeping animals in and out of areas on your property. This #HayTalk chat goes into fencing details.

What Type of Fencing Do You Use
What Type of Fencing Do You Use? This HayTalk open discussion on fencing asks about types of fencing and what some people are using.

January 19, 2012

The relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize.

Profiting from efficient milk production

According to the DairyCo (UK) Milkbench+ report, the relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize. The report states that cost of production is the most significant factor in determining profit.

Milkbench+ analyst Karolina Klaskova says: “Through robust data and statistical analysis we see that the relationship between cost of production and margin is strong.” Ms Klaskova acknowledges that the findings are challenging. “The report raises many issues, including just how difficult it can be to make a profit from milk production,” she says.

January 16, 2012

Do you believe cars or cows put out more pollutants?

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Agricultural Air Quality Center Director, University of California, Davis, shares how the public has been lead to believe cows pollute more than people and cars. This conclusion, published by the California Environmental Protection Agency, was arrived at by using data from the 1930's and by implying causation when evidence says otherwise. From the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.