What price are you getting per cwt of milk? Like most dairy farmers, you know the price or you can get it quickly by reviewing milk check receipts. How much does it cost you to produce a cwt of milk? Like many dairy farmers, you may not know. Dairy farming is complex, and determining your costs of production is sometimes difficult. Yet, your costs directly affect your profit, and it is important to understand them.
Many dairy producers grew up during a time when all heifer calves born on the farm were retained and reared as replacement candidates. However, improvements in pre-weaned calf management, heifer nutrition, and reproductive management have enabled dairy producers to maintain herd size while raising fewer replacements.
This article discusses herd-level indicators of transition program success. Whether you are building a new program or evaluating your current program. You need to look at areas that can help pinpoint needed improvements.