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DairyCast Update for February 17, 2012, Antibiotic Residues On Cull Cows

We have a special two-part series just posted from the recent Cattle Industry Convention Dairy Producers Communications Forum. Kansas State's Dr Mike Appley looks at antibiotic residues in cull cows and bob veal calves [Part 1] [Part 2]. Why do we miss the withdrawal periods on these? And if we are meeting or exceeding those withdrawals, can our method of application still cause a positive response?

International Ag Financial Unrest?

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Audio via DairyCast.com

Paul DeBriyn, President and CEO of AgStar Financial, says strong balance sheets and a good business plan open lender doors.

DairyCast Update for Februray 3, 2012, Ag Financial Landscape

AgStar's Paul DeBriyn says there's no shortage of money for those that can show good risk management and marketing skills. He provides thoughts on industry financing and looking at the strength of agriculture's balance sheet.

DairyCast Update for January 19, 2012, Food Safety Isn't Interesting... Until It Is

Information To Help Your Operations

  • Audio: Food Safety Isn't Interesting... Until It Is - Tony Flood,International Food Information Council, asks "How much time do you spend learning about something you don't think you'll need?" and provides insight on how this applies to food safety. He suggests creativity is key to implementing food safety.
  • Study: Cost of Production More Important Than Milk Prices - According to the DairyCo (UK) Milkbench+ report, the relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize. The report states that cost of production is the most significant factor in determining profit. Another key finding: "Average yield per cow is not the main driver of profit. Higher yields are not the answer if they are produced at the expense of feed efficiency; every extra gallon needs to be profitable."
  • Audio: Do You Have Leadership Traits? - Ian Davis, retired Managing Director at McKinsey & Company, recently shared his top five leadership traits with Stanford's Graduate School of Business students. Ian has consulted with major international management leaders, seeing very good...

Dairies: Cost of Production More Important Than Milk Prices

Profiting from efficient milk production According to the DairyCo (UK) Milkbench+ report, the relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize. The report states that cost of production is the most significant factor in determining profit.
Milkbench+ analyst Karolina Klaskova says: “Through robust data and statistical analysis we see that the relationship between cost of production and margin is strong.” Ms Klaskova acknowledges that the findings are challenging. “The report raises many issues, including just how difficult it can be to make a profit from milk production,” she says.