AgProfit Strategies is dedicated to delivering information and ideas to help you profit more. From mastitus treatment and dairy Heifer cost variation, to planning breeding programs and converting cattle to beef, we have a library of articles and videos to get on the road to better farming.
On-farm culturing allows for more informed decisions to be made regarding treatment and can help answer questions about whether to treat a quarter or not.
For many operations the decision to wean calves is based solely on age. If calves are experiencing growth slumps, the transition period may need some changes.
The FARM program is open to all US dairy producers, co-ops, and processors to earn the trust of consumers and show how we are taking the best care of our animals.
Regardless of the dairy’s herd size, there is one key theme that applies to everyone, a land base that matches the number of cows and heifers in the herd.
A good record keeping system and chart of accounts goes a long way to empower producers to in learning their breakeven costs.
Proper management is key to the success of group calf housing systems, important for successful calf rearing.
Results for NDF and starch digestibility yield discussion about the impact of corn silage in rations for dairy cattle.
Well-built and efficient fans and maintenace goes a long way in helping to achieve ventilation needs while keeping energy costs in check on the dairy.
Dairy heifer replacement costs represent a large investment for all dairy operations. The heifer and crop enterprises are two major components of the dairy business.
Double cropping corn silage acres with a small grain is a strategy that provides additional forage inventory and maintains cover on fields, reducing sediment and nutrient loss.
Trouble shooting herd problems can be very challenging and difficult. Take the big picture approach to solving problems. Alternate moves can create ripple effect.
Dairy producers have been investigating crossbred steers as an alternative enterprise to improve cash flow. There are a lot of aspects to consider before adopting this strategy.
Costs associated with the cropping enterprise are extremely important. Accounting for all the expenses needs to be included to accurately determine the bottlenecks to profitability.
In today’s economic climate profitable farms target management practices on crops, cows, cash and conservation or the 4C’s. People often ask if there are commonalities, such as super forage quality or high milk production.
Time is the one resource that is continually in short demand, especially when it comes to managing financial records. QuickBooks™ can help make book-keeping easy and efficient.
Marketing grain involves making decisions about when to sell, how to sell, and where to sell. With the increased availability of ethanol plants, feed mills, barge loading facilities, and grain processors, farmers have many choices for a selling location.
Direct-feeding damage by insects reduces grain weight, nutritional value, and germination of stored grain. Infestations also cause contamination, odor, mold, and heat-damage problems that reduce the quality of the grain and may make it unfit.
S.L.A.M. represents four simple steps – sanitation, load-ing, aeration, and monitoring. Grain storage never improvesgrain quality! Thus, it is the objective of S.L.A.M. to maintain maximum post-harvest quality by protecting stored grains andoilseeds
Estimated annual grain loss from harvest to consumption is approximately 10 percent of total production. About half the loss occurs during harvest; the remainderin storage. These losses can be reduced if proper procedures are followed by producers.
This manual addresses measuring soil pH, nitrates, phosphates, and sulfates. It also covers estimating water infiltration rate, water holding capacity, and soil pH, nitrate, phosphate, and sulfate content.This is a guide accompanying a kit.
This Nebraska guide provides criteria and guidelines to determine the market value of manure for crop production. Manure does not supply nutrients ih balance with crop needs, but has the value of slowly releasing nutrients, minimizing nitrate leaching.
The availability of storage adds flexibility to a grain marketing program. Storage enables the producer to use marketing tools that capture seasonal price increases and/or narrower basis levels following harvest.
Storage can increase a producer’s income.
Putting together an ideal machinery system is not easy. Equipment that works best one year may not work well the next because of changes in weather conditions or crop production practices. Improvements in design may make older equipment obsolete.
Grain prices tend to be higher later in the marketing year than at harvest. Storing grain can help you capture the carry in the market. Flexibility in where and when grain is sold can also be maintained. Harvesting progress faster if grain doesn't have to be delivered off-site.
Healthy soils have a protective surface layer of plant residue to control soil temperature and reduce evaporation. This maintains a favorable environment for soil biology. You can preserve residue to keep soil covered by leaving crop residues in the field.
Interest in cover crops has increased among farmers inthe eastern Corn Belt. Cover crops have many potentialbenefits, but farmers need to manage them carefully toavoid or reduce the risks to crop production. This is for farmers new to cover crops.
The overall goal of a soil health management program is to balance nutrient inputs and outputs and ensure a good balance of nutrients for the crop. It requires a mix of proper tillage, irrigation, crop residue and weed management.
This instructional video is shot by a farmer in the cab. He details the control monitor panel, and highlights the most used features of the baler. He not only explains, but shows you the results as he moves along. A great video of how to properly operate this baler.
FarmLogs is a farm management app used by thousands of growers to keep digital farm records, monitor field and crop conditions, and analyze their farm’s financial performance in order to lower costs and increase profitability.
For managers of beef cattle enterprises marketing means two things. First, it is using market information, and then getting the most out of the cattle that are sold and to pay the least for cattle and other purchased inputs.
Proper handling of beef cattle requires knowledge of cattle behavior and the presence of adequate handling facilities with sufficient fencing, watering, and feeding to allow you to utilize recommended management procedures.
The level of record keeping practiced on a farm often
defines the level of success the operation can expect to achieve. Even the best operational managers can consider only a limited number of factors into each decision.
Profitability in growing and finishing beef cattle depends primarily on the cost of producing gain and the value of that gain. The value of gain per pound is the difference between an animal's purchase price and its sales value divided by the gain added.
Since owning cattle involves a relatively high capital investment, many cow-calf enterprises are carried out jointly by two or more people. One party may own the breeding herd while another party supplies the labor to take care of them.
It is important to understand the basics behind beef as a food. A variety salable products exist for cattle producers: seedstock—bulls and/or replacement heifers; cow/calf—weanlings and/or yearlings; backgrounders—yearlings;and feedlot—fed cattle.
Fencing costs are one of the most expensive aspects of livestock grazing. The type of fence greatly impacts the cost per foot, total cost, and annual ownership cost. The shape of the paddocks affects theamount of materials needed and labor required.
Whether a person owns land or is seeking to find land to rent, leasing property for grazing or hunting leases can be beneficial for both parties. Similarly, both the owner and lessee of livestock benefit from lease agreements as well.
A healthy, disease-free herd is a goal for all beef producers.Your herd health program will be most successful when youand your veterinarian customize it to your herd’s needs. Plan a program that prevents diseases and disorders.
Feed is the biggest single cost of maintaining the beef herd. You must meet the nutrient needs if you want to obtain a high percent calf crop with heavy weaning weights in a short period of time. However, you should meet these nutrient needs in a cost effective manner to achieve profitability.