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Editor’s note: This is the final article in a series of Dairy Financial Driver Profitability Quick Tips. Information is based on work by Zoetis and Compeer Financial to analyze 11 years of herd data from 489 year-end financial and production-record summaries to identify key drivers of net farm income.
By Michael Lormore, DVM, MS, MBA, Director, U.S. Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis
Excellent animal husbandry skills have a tremendous impact on animal health and well-being, but a recent study discovered just how significant that impact can be. Overall animal husbandry is a critical component of generating higher net farm income — $138 more per cow per year, or 7 more pounds of milk per cow per day, the study found.1
This recent study Zoetis conducted with Compeer Financial quantified the value of good animal husbandry practices on lifetime net farm income. Good overall animal husbandry generally means lower death rates, which can be used as a metric to measure profitability. The analysis of 11 years of herd data from 489 year-end financial and production-record summaries found that lowering death rates is one of the top six factors driving profitability on dairies. The difference in profit of $138 per cow per year, or 7 pounds of milk per cow per day, was found when the top one-third of herds in this study were compared with the bottom one-third of herds.1,* More details about this comparison can be found in the accompanying graphic.
To improve animal husbandry and increase net farm income, work on building a well-trained, qualified and invested workforce. And because most agree that employees can be more complicated to manage than cows, here’s what we recommend:
Minimizing death rates through employees with good animal husbandry skills is a necessary component to generating net farm income. Check out this video for more information on how minimizing death loss can help you maximize profits like the top dairies in this study.
About ZoetisZoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2018, the company generated annual revenue of $5.8 billion with approximately 10,000 employees. For more information, visit https://www.zoetisus.com/.
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References:* Results based on average herd size of 1,087 from Zoetis/Compeer Financial study.1 Lormore M. What Drives Financial Success on a Dairy? Parsippany, NJ: Zoetis; 2018.
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