Iowa Dairy Profitability Teams Established

Iowa dairy farm operations need to be profitable, and today they have access to many on-farm services to aid them with management and technology issues. Sometimes dairy producers can have challenges with certain farm practices, or perhaps they want to take their operations to the next level. Solutions to these challenges may require a team management approach with their key dairy suppliers and resources. With this in mind, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has worked with several industry partners to create the Dairy Iowa Profitability Team model.
 
Each Dairy Iowa Profitability Team is comprised of an individual dairy producer’s primary farm suppliers plus key employees/family members. This could include the nutritionist, veterinarian, reproduction and genetics suppliers, herdspersons, etc. Working as a team with input from the dairy producer, this group evaluates the herd’s records to determine key challenges or roadblocks and works together to develop management practices to improve the farm’s bottom-line profitability.
 
With 209,000 milk cows, Iowa’s dairy industry ranks seventh nationally. Research shows that each cow in a herd has a total annual impact of $23,445 in the local economy.  It is estimated that the dairy industry contributes $4.9 billion annually to the Iowa economy.
 
Dairy producers who see a potential need for this program should contact their Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist to discuss their operation’s need or challenge. The specialists will determine how best to proceed with helping the operation or assist with creating a Dairy Iowa Profitability Team. There are three ISU Extension Dairy Specialists:
 
·         East-Central and Southeast Iowa:  Larry Tranel (main office in Dubuque County) 563-583-6496 or tranel@iastate.edu
·         Northeast Iowa:  Jenn Bentley (main office in Winneshiek County) 563-382-2949 or jbentley@iastate.edu
·         Northwest Iowa: Kevin Lager (main office in Sioux County) 715-737-4230 or klager@iastate.edu

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