Tom Clinton started full-time dairy farming at the age of 15. Aidan Connolly, moderator for Tuesday's dairy panel, remarked that "we would consider that child labor today." From that early beginning, Clinton has built an impressive career in the dairy industry. He served as President of the Irish Farmers Association and his dairy business has grown dramatically from the original family dairy.
Dr. Simon Timmermans is a veterinarian working in ruminant nutrition and medicine. He has dairy and beef clients and specializes in the role of nutrition in disease; especially with regard to trace mineral nutrition, mycotoxicosis prevention and post-ruminal bacterial infections. He holds an M.S. in Animal Science Ruminant Nutrition from Washington State University and a D.V.M. from Iowa State University.
What is the most important thing for a dairy farmer to consider with regard to economic sustainability?
Sustainability means many things to many people. Geoff Frank is CEO of Improcrop, an Alltech Regional Sales Manager and a dairy farmer. I asked Geoff to describe the most important issue for dairy farmers as the industry strives for economic sustainability.