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Unread July 2nd, 2017, 18:26
Rhodie Rhodie is offline
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This has become the "norm" worldwide, not only do input costs rise at a greater rate than farmgate prices, but the retailers manage to increase their retail prices at a greater rate than the wholesale price. Adapting to low cost production needs a whole paradigm shift in your production system. Milk off grass while the obvious cost cutting system, needs a change in genetics, low input/ low output can work, but every environment requires a different approach, there are many grass based dairy herds, which can be used to source genetics from, hybridising different grass based herds can bring in better results through heterosis, crossing with native strains to develop a composite might be an option in challenging environments such as tropical heat and diseases. I know of several units both in the tropics and the UK which practice once a day milking, and raise beef cross calves with their own for extra income, and to prevent mastitis in a single milking system.
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