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Dairy Sense: The Reality of the Dairy Industry - Articles Articles
The industry is in crisis and there is no simple fix to the problem. Consecutive years of mediocre margins and possible erosion of farm equity mean there are some tough questions to be answered. More
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Dairy Sense: Unlocking Added Potential - Articles Articles
The transition period, early lactation, and breeding age heifers are the keys to unlocking added potential for milk income. More
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Dairy Sense: More Sugar, Please - Articles Articles

Dairy Sense: More Sugar, Please

Virginia A. Ishler

Adding sugar to the ration can complement many diets and takes the pressure off starch as the only energy source used to maintain production and components. More
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Dairy Sense: Evolution of IOFC - Articles Articles

Dairy Sense: Evolution of IOFC

Virginia A. Ishler

Income over feed cost (IOFC) per cow has evolved from a general metric to one that is very farm specific. Tracking breakeven IOFC enables analysis of how decisions will impact cash flow. More
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Dairy Outlook: February 2019 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: February 2019

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania All Milk Price remains plateaued around $18/cwt through the first quarter of 2019 with futures indicating moderate increases during the last two quarters. More
Dairy Financial Analysis
Dairy Financial Analysis - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. "Dairy Financial Analysis" was recorded on December 17, 2018. More
Understanding Dairy Business
Understanding Dairy Business and Production for the Conservation Professional - Workshops Workshops
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The goal of this workshop is to help conservationists better understand the dairy business and become effective communicators when helping dairy farmers consider and implement conservation practices. More
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Dairy Outlook: December 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: December 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania All Milk Price is projected to oscillate between $18.00 and 18.50/cwt in the first half of 2019 given current futures. Though slightly higher than 2018, it still may be at or below an operation's breakeven. More
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Are You Pricing Your Custom Services Correctly? - Articles Articles
The prices you set for your services should move you toward achieving your long-term business goals. At the same time, consider how you are looking to position yourself in the business landscape. More
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Simplify Your Financial Records Process - Articles Articles

Simplify Your Financial Records Process

Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

There is great potential in using software to help manage and decipher a business’ financial data. There are key concepts agricultural businesses can consider to simplify the process. More
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Dairy Outlook: November 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: November 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Milk prices appear to be starting a slow, methodical climb. Feed costs remain in flux with harvest and quality uncertainties. More
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Dairy Sense: Milk Income and Ration Perspective for Milk Fat - Articles Articles
A balance between components and volume may be the best strategy to optimize milk income. More
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Dairy Sense: Preparing for Mycotoxin Problems - Articles Articles
Uncooperative weather patterns can increase the occurrence of molds and mycotoxins. Minimize their growth in storage by proper management of harvest, storage, and feed out. More
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Management Opportunities During Challenging Times - Workshops Workshops
The discussion will focus on topics requested by the group. It will provide an opportunity to share strategies, experiences, and ideas with peers regarding dairy management during challenging times. More
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Dairy Outlook: October 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: October 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Current dairy markets are hinting at potential gradual increase in milk price into 2019. Global trade volatility continues to hinder widespread optimism. More
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Dairy Outlook: September 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: September 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Milk prices remain on the low side of a four-year modest price range. Monitoring a producer's individual price regularly is vital to see trends and potential opportunities at the farm level. More
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Efficient Data Use Key to Maximizing Advisory Team Efforts - Articles Articles
Monitoring too many metrics can limit a team's discussion of current issues. Prioritize key data to make the best use of your team resources. More
Dairy Sense: Getting Those Extra Pounds of Milk
Dairy Sense: Getting Those Extra Pounds of Milk - Articles Articles
Focus on the first 100 days of lactation to find and fix bottlenecks that are limiting milk production. More
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Dairy Sense: What Is Soil Health? - Articles Articles

Dairy Sense: What Is Soil Health?

Virginia A. Ishler

Soil health affects soil fertility and production potential, which affects crop yields, quality, and production costs. More
Out with the Old and In with the New - It is Feasible
Out with the Old and In with the New - It is Feasible - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Hard Cider Business Benchmark Survey
Hard Cider Business Benchmark Survey - Articles Articles
This study enables cider makers to identify areas for potential cost savings to allow their businesses to operate with more profitable margins and to further understand the current state of the cider production marketplace. More
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Dairy Sense: Feed Costs—The Big Player in Profitability - Articles Articles
Keeping feed costs in line with milk production can help you maintain a competitive margin, and there are several ways to achieve this goal. More
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Dairy Sense: Managing Family Living Expenses - Articles Articles
Taking an owner draw that exceeds milk income can create financial strain. Here's a simple method to calculate what the operation can cover for family living expenses. More
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Dairy Outlook: June 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: June 2018

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

Milk price continued slow climb, but milk margins remain tight. Current tumultuous environment in global trade may limit long term progress. More
Join us as the sun rises for breakfast
Ag Progress Days - Dairy Industry Breakfast - Workshops Workshops
Please join Penn State Extension and the Center for Dairy Excellence for a breakfast session that will focus on "Thriving with Change." More
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