Son of Butch wrote:Given the simplistic nature of your basic questions and wrong assumptions regarding how the dairy industry works in the USA, I would suggest enrolling in a college level Dairy Animal Science class to learn more. (No disrespect intended)
No your 100% going in the right direction. I don't know if I'll make the time for a college level class, but I'm going on a local dairy tour this weekend at a friend of a friends farm and heading to the World Dairy Expo next week and they've got some virtual dairy tours I'm real excited about.
francismilker wrote:My advice, FWIW, Breed your cows using AI and keep a very well bred cleanup bull on the primisis. Do your diligence and heavily cull anything that's not what it should be. Be equally critical when culling both AI and pasture bred calves.
If you need to keep subpar cows to have enough replacements for the year put her offspring on a "Do not keep" list from here on out.
It can take years to do so, but culling your herd based upon production, health, and fertility will pay off in the end.
If you want diversity in your income try something bold. I know one milker who split his wet cow pasture into two tracts. He rotates the two tracts out every other year and uses the used one for raising marketable vegetables and does quite well. It's amazing how well that green stuff can grow veggies!
Thanks for the input, I'll keep this in mind.
I don't like the Igenity test, I feel like that billion dollar company just views us as a cash dispenser and their customer service wasn't very helpful when I was asking them about their test.