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Good business management skills are essential as the dairy cattle industry increases in complexity. Find spreadsheets, dairy herd metrics, tips on record-keeping and cash-flow planning. Find advice on modernization, pricing and milk futures.

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Dairy Cows - Getting Started
Dairy Cows - Getting Started - Articles Articles
Milk cows are the income generator for dairy farms. Proper nutrition and herd management, and many other factors are required for success. More
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Spreadsheet to Price Standing Corn for Silage - Downloadable Downloadable

Spreadsheet to Price Standing Corn for Silage

Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Use this spreadsheet to price your standing corn for silage. More
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Dairy Outlook: November 2017 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: November 2017

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Markets continue to move sideways with little prospect for forecast price improvement. None of the factors that are well known give much optimism for price improvement More
Dairy $ense: Reviewing the DHIA 202 Sheet
Dairy $ense: Reviewing the DHIA 202 Sheet - Articles Articles
Records and data are common place when operating a dairy. The dairy herd information association (DHIA) provides both a holistic and current overview of what is happening with the cows. More
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Milk Price, Feed Cost, and Margin: A Historical Perspective - Articles Articles
Fluctuating milk prices and feed costs stress dairy operations' cash flow. Making decisions based on milk margin and income over feed cost are crucial to profitability. More
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Dairy Outlook: October 2017 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: October 2017

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

October dairy outlook: little potential for increases in milk price; feed prices trending downward; harvests provide breathing room to milk margin/IOFC for Pennsylvania producers. More
Get More from Your Milk: Increasing Profit through Value-Added Products
Get More from Your Milk: Increasing Profit through Value-Added Products - Articles Articles
This article will guide you through the important issues that you need to consider before starting a value-added dairy enterprise. More
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Factors That Affect U.S. Farm-Gate Milk Prices
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Factors That Affect U.S. Farm-Gate Milk Prices - Articles Articles
This publication provides information on milk pricing, dairy product processing, the demand for dairy products, dairy product prices, federal order and farm-gate milk prices, and market interactions. More
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Using Milk Futures to Lock in Profitability
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Using Milk Futures to Lock in Profitability - Articles Articles
This publication explains the differences between brokers and cooperatives, analyzing cooperative contracts, and using strategy and planning. More
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Understanding Your Milk Check
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Understanding Your Milk Check - Articles Articles
This publication intends to help Pennsylvania dairy producers better understand how milk checks are paid, where the prices come from, and what factors they control. More
IOFC Request Form - Online
IOFC Request Form - Online - Articles Articles
Use this to submit IOFC data directly to the Penn State Extension Dairy team. Someone will reply within 2-3 business days. More
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Tracking Milk Prices and Feed Costs
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Tracking Milk Prices and Feed Costs - Articles Articles
Milk and feed prices are extremely volatile. In this publication, two measures are developed to monitor milk prices and feed costs in order to have some degree of control over gross profits. More
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. More
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Dairy Outlook: September 2017 - News News

Dairy Outlook: September 2017

09/15/2017

A monthly summary of market trends for milk price, feed cost, and income over feed cost. More
The New Northeast Model
The New Northeast Model - Articles Articles

The New Northeast Model

Virginia A. Ishler

There is no easy solution to the present market situation, however there are some strategies that might help take the sting out of the current dilemma. More
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