We were on farm this week and visited Javier Neira, the owner of GANADERIA VIEITO. Javier owns a 25 hectare farm with 60 cows and one full time employee. He has been using a milking robot for the last two years and it has significantly changed Javier's management approach.
During our visit, Javier showed us his office and the reports he receives from the milking robot, which enable him to plan ahead for different tasks and anticipate any potential problems that may arise in the herd. His aim is to achieve the maximum amount of milk from his forage.
Feeding animals high rates of forage is an opportunity that many farms should consider. Those diets aim to take advantage of the cow’s biological ability to convert ingested fibre into high value products such as milk or meat. Both the quality and quantity of supplied forage are closely related to milk production, production costs and farms profits. In some herds, the process required to implement the model may take years because of the changes to be carried out in the productive structure of the farm.
Greg Wickham is chief executive officer of Dairylea Cooperative Inc., a $1.2 billion milk marketing cooperative that offers farm services to farmers, including buying, lending, risk management and insurance.
No, of course not. Cows don’t have opposable thumbs, or fingers for that matter. Let alone… well, never mind.
Yet the fact still stands that the dairy industry must find new ways to tell its story. Since 1970, the demand for dairy in the US has been in constant decline and increased governmental regulations have compounded the difficulty of reaching a growingly disconnected consumer base.
A favorite Hungarian children's song is "Cow, Cow colourful". This song helps children better understand dairy farming at a very early age. You can read the translation of the text below and listen the song too.