The Best Ways to Celebrate June Dairy Month

As we all should know by now, this weekend marks the start of June Dairy Month! There are so many ways to spend your weekend in dairy-fashion! Here are some of the most common, fun and delicious ways to spend your summer June days. Attend local dairy breakfasts and festivals. Attend other community dairy-related events such as Madison’s Cows on the Concourse. Find delicious dairy recipes and share with your family.  Promote dairy on social networking sites. Bonus! Go the extra mile to promote dairy!   Host a farm tour or open house at your farm for the public so they can learn about where their milk comes from!  Donate cheese, milk, butter, ice cream, etc. to local dairy breakfasts or events. Head over to your local elementary school before school’s out for summer and give kids an ice cream break with a lesson on dairy farming! You could even have them make their own ice cream! Cool down with milk! Dairy products are a healthy, refreshing way to cool down in the summer. Donate milk to local events such as bike rides, walks, 5Ks, etc. to promote drinking milk to rehydrate after exercise. How does your farm celebrate June Dairy Month?  Do you have any other ideas to share?  Feel free to list your local June Dairy Month events in the comment section below! WI June Dairy Month events Midwest June Dairy Month events Mid-Atlantic June Dairy Month events  ...

Farmers list High Feed Cost as Biggest Challenge

ANC Consultants in the Midwest and East conducted a survey between April 2012 and April 2013 involving over 100 farmers, operating various sizes of farms.  We used the survey as a tool to better understand our customers and prospective customers, and to evaluate ways we can help them improve their farm. The results we found were very interesting and a reflection of what farmers went through in the 2012 crop season of high feed costs and low milk prices.  It gave us a better understanding to what farmers were experiencing that year. Looking through the survey results below, you can see  farmers listed high feed cost as the #1  challenge they will  they will face in the future.  Read the results from the survey below and then check out this article from Dr. Scott Bascom: Hope in the Midst of Increasing Feed Costs. The survey consisted of four basic questions: What do you feel your farm does exceptionally well? What two items would you like to see improved on your farm? What do you see as the biggest challenge that farmers will face in the next two years? What are your expectations from your nutritional consultant?   The demographics of the respondents are as follows:  Location   Herd Size Respondents listed answers they felt accurately described their current situation.  Many unique answers were given, but listed below are the top answers for each question. 1. What do you feel your farm does exceptionally well?  Crops/forages – 17 (number of times listed) Genetics/breeding – 13 Milk production – 11 Somatic cell count – 10 Animal husbandry – 10 Calves/calf management – 9...

Hope in the Midst of Increasing Feed Costs

In a recent survey, dairy farmers listed increasing feed costs as one of the greatest challenges they anticipate over the next two years. Over the last decade, feed costs have increased significantly. In 2000, the price of corn was $1.86/bushel; the price doubled to $3.83/bushel by 2010. Between 2010 and 2013, the price of corn has nearly doubled again. High protein feeds have followed a similar price trend. Feed is one of the largest cash expenses on a dairy farm, and so the rapid increase of feed price in recent years is reason for concern. However, there is good news. Since 2010, Class III milk price has increased at nearly the same rate as corn and soybean prices. The world population is growing, and the export demand for U.S. dairy products is having a positive influence on the price of milk. In addition, the price of beef is strong and should remain so for the next few years, making income from cull sales higher than it has been in recent years. The increased value of both feed and milk creates many opportunities for dairy farms to increase bottom line profits. Below are several ways that can improve milk revenue and decrease feed expense.   Ways to increase milk revenue One of the fastest ways to increase milk revenue is to feed for higher component milk.   Milk protein and milk fat are high value fractions of milk. Feeding a ration that is designed to increase the pounds of fat and protein produced will increase milk revenue per cow. Produce high quality milk. The quality premiums paid for high quality milk...

Come see ANC again, for the first time!

More than 25 years ago, Rob Bailey, the past president of Agri-Nutrition Consulting (ANC), knew there was a better way to feed cows. From the beginning, ANC has been based on the core principle of formulating diets that ensure animals are healthy, productive and profitable. ANC continues to be progressive and innovative in an industry that is changing quickly without sacrificing our core principles. These principles have made ANC a leader in the dairy industry. Our customers trust us to deliver the highest quality of service and products that will help make their cows healthier, more productive, and more profitable than ever. Every consultant working with ANC relies on our commitment to excellence and innovation. We offer what the industry needs, including cutting edge technology, superior product quality and dedicated service and support. As the population grows, the market demand for dairy products will grow too. Dairy farms become larger, and our consultants will be feeding more cows than ever before. To meet this demand, ANC has formed innovative alliances and partnerships with other organizations in the feed industry that share our core values. Together we not only meet consumer demands, but we can all improve, grow and thrive! What separates ANC from our competition is the value we deliver to our customers. Our clients recognize that utilizing the skills and expertise of our consultants makes them more money than anyone else can. Each consultant offers a unique set of skills, knowledge, talent and abilities that help them solve the problems experienced on the dairy farm. They are more than just ration consultants. Today’s ANC consultant is a dairy management consultant....

PDPW: Committing to Advancement in the Dairy Industry

Changes are taking place everywhere. The atmosphere in the agricultural industry is experiencing rapid development as well, and farmers will not be left behind. Groups like the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) unite dairy producers by providing resources, training and industry events to help prepare them for the future. PDPW has members in more than 18 states totaling approximately 1,600 producers. Dairy farmers take pride in caring for their animals to the highest standards. Whether through nutrition companies like ANC, professional organizations like PDPW or news outlets such as Progressive Dairyman, farmers utilize these resources and tools to improve ways to care for their animals, develop their business and prepare for the future. PDPW strives to provide hands-on education sessions, training tools, networking opportunities and valuable resources to enhance the success of the dairy industry. PDPW provides members with a plethora of opportunities to help develop their farms and business practices. The group is committed to furthering the dairy industry as a whole, which is one reason ANC is a corporate member of the organization. ANC supports PDPW’s mission of helping create success for dairy farmers. Whether through industry events like the Annual Business Conference held each March or the mentorship program for aspiring dairy farmers, PDPW has a unique program to advance the dairy industry. ANC values its stake in the progress of the dairy industry, specifically through dairy cattle nutrition. The dairy industry has a bright future because of organizations like PDPW. ANC is proud to support both dairy farmers and groups like PDPW. Visit PDPW at www.pdpw.org to learn more.  ...