Business Management

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 Outlook: January 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: January 2018

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

Current predicted Class III price for the first 11 months of 2018 is averaging $14.57/cwt. To face the year with optimism is to be sure dairy producers really understand their cost of production. More
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Dairy Sense: Know Your Herd’s Feed Costs? - Articles Articles
Maintaining positive cash flow on dairy farms requires good management of cropping, feeding, and financials. More
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Dairy Sense: The Major Influencer of Cash Flow Mechanics - Articles Articles
Focus on total pounds of milk produced, not milk per cow, for positive cash flow. More
R. Goodling Penn State
Dairy Outlook: December 2017 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: December 2017

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

The milk price forecast for 2018 is starting to solidify, and good news is hard to find. U.S. milk production growth has slowed, but global supply is still hampering future price increases. More
Dairy Transition Workshop
Dairy Transition Workshop - Workshops Workshops

Dairy Transition Workshop

03/21/2018

Port Matilida, PA

$50.00
Designed to help participants work through the complex steps of transferring ownership and management of a dairy business to the next generation. 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
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'Virtual farm' website provides a plethora of dairy sustainability information - News News
A new website is a "one-stop shop" for dairy sustainability information. More
Dairy Sense: Reviewing the DHIA 202 Sheet
Dairy Sense: 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
Robert Goodling, Penn State
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
Using QuickBooks to Manage the Farm Business
Using QuickBooks to Manage the Farm Business - Webinars Webinars

Using QuickBooks to Manage the Farm Business

11:00 AM 03/02/2018 - 12:00 PM 03/30/2018

$85.00
An on demand course that teaches agricultural accounting principles within QuickBooks software. Plus the option of a supplemental online instructor help series. 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
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Technology Tuesdays - Webinars Webinars

Technology Tuesdays

Multiple Options Available

Free
This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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