Missouri 400-Cow Dairy and 690-Cow Dairy Business Plans

Joe Horner
State Specialist, Agricultural Business and Policy Extension
Ryan Milhollin
State Specialist, Agricultural Business and Policy Extension
Joseph Zulovich
Assistant Extension Professor, Agricultural Systems Management
Teng Lim
Extension Professor, Agricultural Systems Management

Cover of Missouri 400-Cow Dairy and 690-Cow Dairy Business Plan manual.This dairy farm business plan is intended to demonstrate one pathway for the next generation of Missouri’s dairy farmers. This path involves next generation confinement housing solutions that can improve cow comfort and cooling while removing barriers to higher milk production.

Two dairy herd sizes (400- and 690-cow units) are modeled here to fit differences in farm equity levels and available land resources. Each plan uses an integrated systems approach to combine capital investments, operating costs, production plans, rations, forage systems, housing systems and manure systems. Currently operating dairies seldom start a greenfield dairy by designing a completely new dairy system. However, this strategy can be an option for dairy farms transitioning to the next generation — especially if milking and housing facilities are functionally obsolete, fully depreciated and poorly located for expansion.

Topics

  • Dairy business plan
  • Parallel parlor
  • Dairy production
  • Dairy forage planning
  • Dairy financial planning

Pages

  • 46