Know Your Numbers: Cropping and Nutritional Strategies to Improve a Dairy Farm's Cash Flow - For Producers
-John H. Stoltzfus, owner, John H. Stoltzfus Farm
An Extension Dairy Team member will partner with each farm to either revise a current plan or complete a new cash flow plan.
The 2012-2013 program centered on risk management through alternative cropping strategies with the goal of maintaining a consistent forage inventory throughout the year, the end result showed how to be more proactive and less reactive to the volatile feed markets.
The Extension Dairy Team will raise the bar in 2013-2014 to include feed management practices. Ultimately the success of maintaining profitability is proper utilization of home raised forages and feeds to ensure cows are receiving the best nutrition possible.
The afternoon session looks at the concept of alternative forage plans from a feed management standpoint. Experts will discuss the strategies to harvesting, storing and incorporating alternative forages into a feeding program.
This program is eligible for 2 SmartStart credits from AgChoice Farm Credit.
Data to bring to workshop
Dairy producers should fill out this data collection sheet before attending the workshop.
Schedule a Workshop
The $50 per farm registration fee covers the cost of training and materials, plus lunch. All or multiple business partners are encouraged to attend together at no additional charge.
Programs will run 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dates Available in 2014
- January 14
- January 16
- January 21
- January 23
- January 30
- March 6
- March 11
- March 13
- March 18
- March 20
- March 27
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team can present this training to groups of 5-8 dairy farms at any location in PA.
Locations will be determined on a case by case basis. It is highly recommended that the winter dates be scheduled in the fall to ensure availability of extension specialists. Laptops will be provided and an extension specialist will be partnered with each farm to assist in data entry.
Companies and organizations interested in presenting this workshop to their producers should contact:
- Virginia Ishler, Penn State nutrient management specialist, at 814-863-3912 or email@example.com
- Tim Beck, Extension Educator, at 717-870-7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org