Milk Production Records and Feeding Records for Management Control
Monitoring milk production and waste milk can help reduce the cost of business or increase the income, leading to a greater profit. Monitoring feed intakes and forage dry matters (DM) can help reduce feed costs or increase milk income, leading to a greater profit.
Penn State in cooperation with the Center for Dairy Excellence has released two record books and an online application to monitor milk production and feed intakes.
Hard Copies of Record Books
- Milk Production Records for Management Control[preview] (Catalog #AGRS-125)
- Feeding Records for Management Control[preview] (Catalog #AGRS-126)
Cost: $10.00 per publication
Online Record Book and Instructions
Step 1: Log in
If you have registered for any previous mobile apps from the Extension Dairy Team (i.e. DairyCents), your username and password will work for this application as well. If you are a new user, you will need to register.
Step 2: Milk production records
Select "Milk Production Records" if you want to enter in the bulk tank milk amounts.
2.1 Select a date
A calendar will appear. Click on the date you want to enter milk records. Any dates showing as green have data already entered.
2.2 Enter milk production data
Enter the number of cows milked and the number of cows going into the bulk tank. If milked is picked up daily, enter a 1, if milk is picked up every other day, enter a 2. If waste milk is used for calves or another purpose, enter the amount of waste milk used. If milk fat and milk protein are known, they can be entered. Any comments to explain any production drops or increases can be included. Once all data is entered, click submit.
2.3 Graph milk production results
Select the month you are interested in examining. Click on "Create Graph."
In this example, a comment was recorded on the 3rd. By clicking on the solid dot, the average production for the day is shown – 65.85 pounds and the comment “moved into 2014 corn silage.”
Step 3: Feeding Records
Select "Feeding Records" if you want to record batch weights fed to the cows. Note: Select the "Home" button anywhere throughout the application to get back to this screen.
3.1 Select a date
Select the date from the calendar for feed data entry. Any date that is green has data already entered.
3.2 Select a group name
Animal groups can be identified by typing in the desired name. Once entered, they will be listed in the drop down box.
3.3 Enter Feed data
Enter in the number of cows fed, the amount fed and any refusals. Record any comments related to feeding that would be appropriate (i.e. switched forage source, hot/humid day, new grain mix started). Click submit.
3.4 Graph feed results
The approach is similar to the milk production records graph. The solid dot reflects that a comment has been entered for a particular date. In this example the average amount fed/day (taking into account refusals) is 111.9 pounds as-fed. The comment listed is "End of 2013 corn silage."
J. Craig Williams