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How dairy farms with 500 cows or fewer can survive

Increasing efficiency, reducing expenses, paying down debt, sticking to a budget and investing in professional help where needed are five ways smaller herds can stay competitive.

The majority of U.S. milk production comes from dairy farms with 500 cows or more. However, that doesn’t mean those who milk fewer cows can’t find a way to be profitable, successful dairy farming businesses. But they do have to do things differently.

The risks

If you are in the 500-cows-and-under category, you know all too well the pressures that at times seem to work against you. Perhaps you would like to grow and add cows, but your hands are tied by the milk plant’s capacity or the environmental regulations in your region.

September 18, 2023



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