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    Also how much of a parlor was there prior to you...

    Also how much of a parlor was there prior to you starting? Did you have to buy all new or new to you/used milkers, compressor, and a tank? Is the swing 6 a pit or not?
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    What where the major expenses when you started...

    What where the major expenses when you started up? How much of the $48,500 went into cows and parlor? I know the quickest way to build to build equity is investing in cows. How do you build up herd...
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    Thanks for the reply! I should be done with...

    Thanks for the reply! I should be done with college in less than 2 years. All of that is pretty much paid for. I think I could have it paid for with about $50,000 or more. Would you suggest working a...
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    I have no clue if they would, but I would try to...

    I have no clue if they would, but I would try to contact MMPA (Michigan Milk Producers) and ask them. I have no clue if DFA picks up milk up there or not. Hard telling in today's markets whether or...
  5. Is there any money is raising beef cattle? are...

    Is there any money is raising beef cattle? are you raising for cow calf herd and selling calves or are you going to raise out the calves to slaughter?
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    What we do with the high production cows is put...

    What we do with the high production cows is put them into the dry pen until her next milking so all she'll get is mostly hay silage, baled hay, and some corn silage. No grain. When you milk 3 times a...
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    We do not milk anymore, my uncles just grain...

    We do not milk anymore, my uncles just grain farm. I am working at a local dairy and majoring in animal science at college.
  8. Does Anyone raise other livestock as well as dairy?

    What do you raise?
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    Drying up cows

    I have seen drying up cows one of two main ways.
    One way is to dry them up 2 months prior to calving and using tomorrow.
    The other way is to "wean" them off milk by milking them once a day for a...
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    oh okay. I get what you are saying. The local...

    oh okay. I get what you are saying. The local processor just picked up a 50-60 cow dairy and another 80-90 cow dairy just this year. Both are on opposite sides of the county so I think they might be...
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    Have you looked into pull-over rubber boots? They...

    Have you looked into pull-over rubber boots? They are somewhat heavy but slip over your work boots and you can kick them off when you dont need them. Should extend the life of your work boots a lot...
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    There is a strong market in my area where...

    There is a strong market in my area where Holstein herds are starting out at around $15 hundred weight i think. Jersey milk would be worth more. The largest farm that the milk man picks up is 400...
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    Starting a Dairy Farm

    I was wondering if it is a feasible idea to start a dairy farm in the markets we are seeing. Everyone says prices will go back up yet, we see a short spike in prices then a slow and long fall until...
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