Go All-Out for Profit!; Look for Ways to Improve Dairy Herd Canadian Expert Urges

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Go All-Out for Profit!; Look for Ways to Improve Dairy Herd Canadian Expert Urges


FARMERS must remain positive and continue to search for ways to improve dairy herd profitability, according to a leading independent livestock management consultant.

British-born, Bob Lang, spoke to a group of dairy farmers in Co Tyrone during his first trip to the Province for more than a decade.

He urged farmers to seek positive short-term and achievable long-term goals. He also emphasised strongly that "farmers should not look back to where they have come from, but instead should look forward to where they have to go''.

Mr Lang emigrated to Canada with his parents when he was a child. Following a long career in the farming industry, he is widely respected throughout the world for his knowledge of cattle breeding, sire evaluation and agricultural education programmes. Over the past 25 years, he has been involved in dairy management projects in more than 133 countries world-wide.

"The same problems and challenges are being faced by dairy producers on a global basis,'' he said. "Costs continue to rise and milk prices continue to decline. We must, therefore, look for measures that will help farmers remain in business, remain competitive and deliver long-term, sustainable herd profitability.''

A long-term view of the requirements of a dairy enterprise was imperative and within that strategy, management and genetics played an essential role. Mr Lang said increases in levels of milk production over the past 30 to 40 years were scientifically attributed as being one-third due to selective genetic improvements and two-thirds due to improvements in environmental and management capability.

However, management and environmental improvements were dependant upon dairy cows having excess genetic capability in order to respond to better production conditions. Farmers should, therefore, follow a balanced breeding approach, using sires that offered increases in type and production.

According to Bob Lang, dairy herds worldwide will continue to increase in size and levels of production in order to remain competitive.

"Current milk prices are dictating how we address our businesses. Approximately 60 per cent of income is now required to supply primary costs, and a further 20 per cent is required to cover debt. And, from the remaining 20 per cent, we have to make a profit in order to cover the investment of rearing replacement animals costing in excess of pounds 700 each. …

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