With the dairy economy still struggling, farmers and producers have been looking for ways to cut costs and lower overall expenses in their operations. Any cost saving decisions should be done with future implications in mind. Will cutting back on a certain fertilizer or pesticide create problems for future production? Will a management change affect the health of my animals down the road? As stressful as the current economy is, looking into the future and planning on the longevity of your operations should still be an everyday occurrence to maintain a positive attitude. Looking at ways to cut costs, lower costs of production, and positively impact your bottom line are all beneficial practices to start today.
One area that you can start with are your calves. Numerous producers have questioned a switch from milk replacer to whole milk to save money. Many are concerned with the logistics and if they can successfully make the switch on their farms. The following do’s and don’ts are to be used as a general rule of thumb when taking this switch into consideration.