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MILK: April 2014

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  • Hágalo usted mismo
    Los cultivos para mastitis en la finca reducen los tratamientos


  • Tired of Losing
    The Southeast Quality Milk Initiative aims to level the playing field for producers.
  • Doyle’s Rules
    “The only way to bring about change, the only way to make improvements, is to be bold and try new things.”—Doyle Waybright
  • When Cows Meet Robots
    While most cows adapt to robotic milking, milking speed, teat placement and sound legs are still important.
  • Precision Feed Heifers
    Limit feeding can result in a 20% to 30% improvement in feed efficiency.
  • 3X Calf Feeding
    Feeding one more time per day results in faster gains and bigger calves.
  • Do It Yourself
    On-farm culturing, when done correctly and consistently, can identify which cows need to be treated for mastitis.
  • A Mobile Parlor
    This six-stall, single-side parlor can be placed just about anywhere cows need to be milked.
  • Kiwis Develop Simple Rotary Robot
    The robot works with an existing external rotary parlor and is used for attaching teat cups only.
  • Play to Your Strengths
    ‘The last thing I want is people around me with the same strengths. I want people around me who are very different from me.’ –Dan Rice, Prairieland Dairy
  • A Parlor Built for Cows
    This parlor was designed first and foremost with cow comfort in mind.
  • Bring Them Home
    Labor savings and a smaller physical footprint for the facility led this dairy to automated calf feeding.
  • South Dakota’s No. 1 Salesman
    For Gov. Dennis Daugaard, recruiting dairies to his home state is a high priority.


SWOT Analysis 2014

  • No Time for Complacency
    Despite incredible growth in exports, now is not the time for complacency. New Zealand learned that hard lesson last summer, when a botulism scare disrupted its sales for months.
  • Where to From Here?
    The U.S. dairy industry faces a watershed period of global opportunity and volatility.
  • California Will Rise Again
    When the California Department of Food and Agriculture disconnected the milk pay price from the market price for cheese, it dramatically changed the dairy industry.
  • Wisconsin Ramps Milk Output
    In Wisconsin, the free-fall in cow numbers and milk production finally stopped in 2005.
  • Idaho is ‘Cautiously Optimistic’
    From 1993 to 2012, Idaho’s dairy herd more than tripled in size.
  • Pennsylvania Ready For More Milk
    Pennsylvania is a milk deficit state. Cow numbers have been slowly declining, but even more important is that milk per cow has not kept pace with other top dairy states.
  • Michigan’s Cup Runneth Over
    Despite a small decline in the total number of dairy farms, total cows and milk per cow in Michigan have risen steadily.
  • Minnesota’s Dairies Go High-Tech
    Fewer herds and more cows producing more milk—that pretty much sums up the past few years and defines the future in Minnesota.
  • New Mexico’s Glass is Half Full
    The only way to describe the past five years in New Mexico’s dairy industry is brutal.
  • Washington Limited By Geography
    Despite the volatility of feed cost and milk prices, Washington producers have been slowly, steadily making gains in milk yield per cow.
  • Texas Panhandle Growth Continues
    Over the past decade, this region has quietly grown to become the nation's third largest milk producer.
  • New York Buoyed By Yogurt Surge
    "It’s an exciting time to be a part of the dairy industry in New York," says Tom Overton at Cornell University.