Missouri 3,500-Cow Dairy Business Plan

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 3,500-Cow Dairy Business Plan manual.This 3,500-cow dairy farm business plan demonstrates one path forward for the next generation of Missouri’s dairy farmers. This path involves producing milk in Missouri with a 3,500-cow single site dairy, a capital and labor efficient scale. This dairy plan gives Missouri dairy producers a vision of a new scale and style of dairying common in growing dairy regions.

This report is designed to guide planning a completely new dairy. The dairy model uses next generation confinement housing solutions: freestalls with sand bedding and tunnel ventilation to improve cow comfort and cooling. A 72-cow rotary parlor is used to milk the herd three times per day. Capital investments, operating costs, production plans, rations, forage systems, housing systems and manure systems are designed as integrated systems.

Topics

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

Pages

  • 39