Driving County Roads

An on line journal sharing my views. The content reflects my background as a rural person employed in agriculture and as a retired elected official of local government.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I'm Surprised

Some of us like to live abiding by the motto that "bigger is not better". This has been hard to do when it comes to the agriculture industry. Mostly, the advances in our industry have come with "getting bigger". This is how we have managed to keep food relatively cheap in America.

I just heard about a study at the University of Wisconsin. They studied 14,000 dairys in that state. The size of the study herds were between 140 head and 800 head. (In other words all over the board.) The study found that the largest of these herds had the lowest somatic cell count. Evidently the larger herds are profitable enough so they can hire excellent management and that leads to success. end


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