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For decades, our accounting firm has produced quarterly dairy farm cost studies for our dairy clients and others to use for benchmarking and profitability improvement.

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With a wide variety of manure management and nutrient recovery technologies available to dairy producers today, it can be difficult to know which one would be the best investment.

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Balancing manure and fertilizer applications, crop production and environmental conservation is an ongoing challenge. Having the knowledge and understanding of several foundational principles of nutrient management can aid in making better farming decisions.

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Earl Creech, Utah State University extension agronomist, recently related a story you need to hear. I’ll let him tell it in his own words:

When I returned to Utah, I bought some farm ground next to the farm where my parents have a small dairy. My wife and I felt farming was a great way to raise kids, and tractor time can be great therapy, and as an agronomist, it gives me a certain “street cred” when I’m working with producers, as I too run an operation.

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Disease risks on the dairy farm constantly change. Therefore, it’s important to evaluate and update vaccination protocols regularly with your veterinarian to protect heifers and cows against the challenges they face as they enter the breeding herd.

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A complete line of machinery is one of the largest investments a farm business can make. Yet, unlike land or buildings, machinery must be constantly monitored, maintained and eventually replaced.How and when equipment is replaced can mean a difference of thousands of dollars in annual production costs. 

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