Moosletter: November 2017

Moosletter: November 2017
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November 2017                                                Volume: 3 Issue: 10

By: Mickayla Myers, Ruminant Nutrition Graduate Research Assistant, Paul Kononoff, Dairy Extension Specialist, and Kim Clark, Dairy Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 Robotic or automatic milking systems (AMS) have steadily increased in popularity in the dairy industry since the installation of the first commercial unit in 1992 in the Netherlands. Robotic milking systemIn 2015, the number of AMS units installed was over 25,000 worldwide. Here in Nebraska, there are two commercial dairy farms that having installed multiple AMS units, Demerath Farms (Plainview, NE) and Beaver’s Dairy (Carleton, NE). Demerath Farms installed four AMS units in February 2017 and are set up to milk 240 cows. Beaver’s Dairy began milking with five AMS units in May 2017 and is set up to milk 300 cows. Additionally, there are several other dairies that are looking into milking robots for their farm.  Typically, 60 cows are milked on one robot. One robot will likely cost the producer anywhere from $150,000- $200,000. Continue...

QuickBooks flyer

September dairy budget

By Robert Tigner, UNL Extension Educator
Robert Tigner pictureThere was very little change in the budgeted breakeven price for Sept 2017 compared to August. All of the following comparisons will be utilizing the 20,000 pound freestall budget. Total income declined by $0.104 per hundredweight but feed cost declined too, 8.55 cents per hundredweight. Total variable costs were down at 8.7 cents per hundredweight. Return to management declined by 1 cent per hundredweight to $1.81. Continue...

2018 Dairy Ambassador flyer

DULUTH, Georgia (October 12, 2017) – Boehringer Ingelheim recognized three dairy producers who demonstrated their commitment to the well-being of animals, consumers and the industry with the judicious use of antibiotics in their Producers for Progress recognition program.
Photo: Megan Hickey of Prairieland Dairy in Firth, Nebraska, was chosen as the grand prize winner for the Boehringer Ingelheim Producers for Progress recognition program.Megan Hickey of Prairieland Dairy in Firth, Nebraska, was chosen as the grand prize winner out of nearly 200 applicants. “I’m honored to be selected as the grand prize winner and advocate for the judicious use of antibiotics,” said Hickey. “As an industry, we need to do things better because our consumers are demanding it. If we don't listen to what consumers want, then we're not going to have a market for our product. We have to focus on preventive medicine and health.” Continue...
Photo credit: Boehringer Ingelheim

Mark Your Calendars
NSDA Annual Convention

February 27, 2018
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
Columbus, NE
Agenda & details to come.
In this Issue
Calendar of Events
Transition Cow Workshop
        November 2, Beatrice, NE
        Click here for details. 
I-29 Moo University Fall Tour

     November 13, Sioux Falls, SD
     Click here for details.

Quickbooks 101
December 6, Norfolk, NE
       Click here for details.

Quickbooks 201
December 7, Norfolk, NE
      Click here for details.

NSDA Annual Convention
February 27
        Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
        Columbus, NE
Nebraska State Dairy Association logo
Rod Johnson, Executive Director
Phone: (402) 853-2028
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Kim Clark, Dairy Ext Educator
Phone: (402) 472-6065
Cell: (402) 350-5003
Thank you to our sponsors

Grain States Soya, Inc./SoyBest           Midwest Dairy Association       Nebraska Corn Board

Elanco     Farm Credit Services of America     Frontier Mills, Inc.     Nebraska Soybean Board    
Nebraska Vet Services     Nutrient Advisors     West Point Dairy Products

Ag Processing, Inc.     Aschoff Construction     Automated Dairy Specialists     Cappel Sales, Inc.     Midwest Livestock Systems     Zoetis

Agri-King Nutrition, Inc.     Animal Health International     Bill's Volume Sales     Central Dairy Supply     Central Confinement Services     Dehaan, Grabs and Associates     Depend-A-Bull Sires and Service     Heartland Builders Co.     Hotsy Equipment Co.     IDEXX     Lala US     LG Pumping, LLC    
Nebraska Dairy Systems/Lely     Nebraska Dairy Systems     Peterson Ag Systems, Inc.    
Puck Custom Enterprises     Schumacher Irrigation, Inc. Select Sires MidAmerica     TechMix, LLC     USDA/NASS

Agropur     Associated Milk Producers, Inc.     CMP Dairy Consulting     Dairy Farmers of America     Dean Foods     Hiland Dairy     Nebraska Public Power District     Nebraska Cattleman    
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation     Phibro Animal Health Corp.     Rabo Agri Finance    
Settje Agri-Services & Engineering, Inc.     XFE Products

A-FAN     Grow Nebraska Dairy     Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture    
Nebraska Department of Agriculture     Nebraska Extension     We Support Agriculture
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