Jun 20

We are Proud to be Farmers

We are Proud to be Farmers

We went to visit SAT Doroña, a farm created by merging three family farms about 10 years ago.

José Ramón is the manager (center) and is in charge of the farm work. Suso (right) looks after the daily milking, in addition to caring for the health and reproductive status of their herd. Ricardo (left) takes care of animal nutrition and helps Suso in daily milking chores. They have a total of 270 animals of which 136 are dairy cows. They work on 80 hectares devoted to forage production, mostly corn for silage.

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Jun 20

A visit with Javier Neira, the owner of GANADERIA VIEITO

A visit with Javier Neira, the owner of GANADERIA VIEITO

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.

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Jun 19

Maximizing the Inclusion of Forage in Rations

Maximizing the Inclusion of Forage in Rations

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.

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Jun 19

Should Cows Tweet?

Should Cows Tweet?

Interview with Greg Wickham

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.

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