Ever thought about going organic or moving to a grass-fed operation? Currently on a grazing system in need of fine tuning? This page contains videos on raising heifers on pasture and a series on beginning grazing to help improve operations.
Please mark your calendars for noon webinars on September 19 and 26. Join the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team as Dr. Larry Tranel, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist hosts “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”. These webinars will include how to analyze a dairy for profits and the profitability of various dairy systems to focus on conventional, hybrid grazing dairy systems on September 19 and the organic and organic “grass-fed” dairy systems on September 26.
These webinars are sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and North Central Risk Management Education Center. If you’d like to join the webinar, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy , or if you would like more information contact Larry Tranel at firstname.lastname@example.org, 563-583-6496 or Jenn Bentley at email@example.com, 563-382-2949
Part II of our Beginning Dairy Farmer Video series features the Peake Dairy and the Organic, Grass-fed system they have chosen. Beginning Farmers have various dairy system options as they begin their careers and the Peake's picked their system because they loved working with grass pastures and not using chemicals and with the low costs, could best profit from dairy this way.
Part IV of our Beginning Dairy Farmer Video series features the Lynch Dairy focusing on the Organic dairy system they have chosen. Beginning Farmers have various dairy system options as they begin their careers and the Lynch’s picked their system because of the increased milk prices, soil and animal health, and felt they could best profit from dairy this way while maximizing labor efficiency in their milking system.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team has compiled budgets available to the public.These budgets were prepared as financial decision making tools to current and beginning dairy farmers. Budgets represent conventional, organic and pasture operations.
This page provides information on managing financial and business decisions needed on a dairy farm. Resources focus on the following topics: economics of organic dairies, millionaire model dairy, contracting corn silage, dairy grazing economics, managing dairy farm finances, sharemilking, 15 measures of dairy farm competitiveness, and much more!