DAIRY GRAZING Does it make Dollars & Sense In your operation?

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> DAIRY GRAZING Does it make Dollars &amp; Sense In your operation? </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 2 Gerow Business Graphics PROFIT = INCOME - EXPENSES </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 3 Gerow Business Graphics REASONS TO GRAZE 1 Natural feed habit 2 Reduce stress on cows &amp; people 3 Improve crop yields 4 Reduce labor 5 Improve health cows &amp; people 6 Increase the life span of cows &amp; machinery </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 4 Gerow Business Graphics REASONS NOT TO GRAZE 1 Tractor arming is more fun 2 Weve never done it before 3 Its the last thing guys do before selling out 4 Good farmers dont do it 5 Not modern not progressive 6 Lower per unit machinery cost with no pasture </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 5 Gerow Business Graphics Which List Makes Better Dollars &amp; Sense?? </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 6 Gerow Business Graphics Grazing will NOT - 1 Solve all of your production &amp; management problems 2 Make you a doctors wages from the farm 3 Give you endless free time </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 7 Gerow Business Graphics Grazing can - 1 Save labor costs 2 Reduce chore times 3 Save operating expenses 4 Improve grass yields 5 Improve animal health 6 Improve milk production </li> <li> Slide 8 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 8 Gerow Business Graphics Continuous vs. Managed Grazing 1 Large pastures vs. small paddocks 2 Long periods of occupation vs. short periods 3 Managed combines rotating pastures and regrowth Both systems can work Managed grazing will be more profitable </li> <li> Slide 9 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 9 Gerow Business Graphics Forage Profitability Pennsylvania Dairy Farms 1992 </li> <li> Slide 10 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 10 Gerow Business Graphics Crop Dairy vs. Pastured Dairy Selected Expense Categories Pennsylvania 1992 Per Cow Crop Pasture Purchased Feed $571.00 $330.00 Breeding/Testing $50.00 $38.00 Vet &amp; Medicines $57.00 $25.00 Livestock Supplies $79.00 $70.00 Crop Seed/Supplies $100.00 $20.00 Fertilizer &amp; Lime $67.00 $40.00 Machinery Repair $119.00 $72.00 Fuels $57.00 $25.00 Total Expenses $1274.00 $794.00 Difference $480.00 per cow savings </li> <li> Slide 11 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 11 Gerow Business Graphics Effects of Nine Years of Grazing Northern New York Dairy Farm Year198319871991 Days on Pasture153188186 Milk Sold/Day171219702562 No. Cows55.44842 Milk/Cow/Day314261 Lbs Grain/Cow10.211.112.2 Grain to Milk Ratio1 to 31 to 41 to 5 Grass production, milk production &amp; efficiency all increased over time. </li> <li> Slide 12 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 12 Gerow Business Graphics Who can benefit from grazing ? 1 High Debt Load Farms decrease expenses 2 High Equity Farms increase net income without increased debt or risk 3 Middle Aged Dairymen - increase net income approaching retirement 4 Starting Farmers lower capital requirements less risk 5 Cow Men - less crop work more time for cows ALMOST ANY DAIRY FARMER CAN BENEFIT BY DEVELOPING A PASTURE SYSTEM!! </li> <li> Slide 13 </li> <li> Dairy Grazing 13 Gerow Business Graphics Thank you for watching this presentation! </li> </ul>