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The Economics of Grass-Based Dairying



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By Tim Johnson

Published: 2002

Updated: 2002

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Introduction

The grass-based dairy allows the animals themselves to harvest as much of their feed as possible. This approach can significantly reduce the activities and expenses of cutting, storing, and feeding harvested forages. This publication discusses economics of dairies, land requirements for grazing dairies, supplemental feed, seasonal dairies, labor and profitability.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Economics of the Dairy Business
Financial Measures
Comparison of "Conventional" and Grass-based Dairies
Land Requirements for Grazing Dairies
Supplementation of Grazing Cattle
Seasonal Dairies
Labor
Profitability
Other Profitability Factors
Summary
Sources of Information
References

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