Dairy Iowa Profitability Team Established
Iowa dairy farm operations need to be profitable and today have access to many on-farm services to aid them with management and technology issues. Sometimes a dairy producer can have a challenge with a certain farm practice, or perhaps they want to take their operation to the next level. These may require a team management approach of their key dairy suppliers. With these in mind, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, plus several industry partners, have created the Dairy Iowa Profitability Team.
So how does this work? Let’s say a dairy producer sees a potential need for this program. They should contact their area’s Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist to discuss their operation’s need or challenge. They can help determine how best to proceed with helping the operation, either individually, or assist with creating a Dairy Iowa Profitability Team. There are three ISU Extension Dairy Specialists. Covering Northwest Iowa is Kevin Lager 715-737-4230, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Northeast Iowa the contact is Jenn Bentley at 563-382-2949 and email email@example.com. Larry Tranel covers East-Central and Southeastern Iowa and his contact is 563-583-6496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Dairy Iowa Profitability Team would comprise of the dairy producers choice of their key farm suppliers plus key employees/family members. This could include their nutritionist, veterinarian, reproduction and genetics suppliers, key herdspersons, etc. Working as a team with input from the dairy producer, they would evaluate the herd’s records to determine key challenges and roadblocks. Then together come up with management ideas and practices to help improve the farms bottom line profitability.
Iowa’s dairy industry figures show 209,000 milk cows, which ranks seventh nationally in the number of dairy farms. Surveys list the total economic impact of $23,445 per cow. It’s estimated that the dairy industry contributes $4.9 billion annually to the state’s economy.
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