Livestock producers can improve their bottom line by increasing efficiency regardless of what type of livestock business they run. Increased profitability is achieved through implementing best management practices for biosecurity, improving forage quality, and practicing preventive medicine to improve animal health, productivity and welfare, and reduce treatment costs. UVM Extension assists farmers in their efforts to improve per cow milk production and reproductive efficiency.
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Organic dairy farms
- "Comparative Analysis of Organic Dairy Farms in Maine and Vermont article from U Maine: Farm Financial Information from 2004 to 2006" article (PDF) Note: 2008. Provides insight into the relative financial performance of organic dairy farming through the examination of three years of detailed farm financial records. Bulletin 851, University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
- Expert Frequently Asked Questions
Dairy business management
- Annual dairy cash flow worksheet (PDF) Note: "Farm Account Book #2 - Receipts and Expenses." (2006) Ready-to-use IRS-compatible ledger for recording financial information for dairy and other livestock farms. 52 pages, $8.00 [S&H: $3.00]. Purchase from local UVM Extension offices.
- Monthly dairy/crop farm cashflow worksheet (PDF)
- Extensions's farm business management section
Dairy cattle education topics
- Dairy cattle self-learning tools (topics such as estrus detection, pregnancy diagnosis, lameness and many others)
- Dairy cattle resource area (milk marketing, facilities, genetics, and much more)
UVM participates in eXtension: A national organization creating rich education for local Extension programs.
- "Dairy Barn Ventilation: Exhaust Fan Systems" article (PDF) Note: 1990, reviewed 2004. Design of powered ventilation system for tie-stall dairy barns. 5 pages.
- Dairy cattle resource area (facilities, webinars and much more)
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