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Starting a Dairy
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Jacob    Posted 02-18-2004 at 12:33:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
How should I go about starting my dairy? I have bldgs, equip, etc.

Cindi    Posted 02-18-2004 at 15:47:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Forgive me Jacob for my silly attempt at humor, now Ret has gone and made me feel bad. I guess were not very encouraging huh? I can tell you this much, I have been raising pigs for four years and I am still learning. To have a dairy farm, you have to deal with not only the milking aspect, but breeding (freshening) and calves (either raising or selling) and what to feed and oh well, it just sounds a little daunting for someone who has no background. Not that it can't be done, but like the others say, you need to get a lot of education first.

Is that better Ret? (smile)

ret    Posted 02-18-2004 at 16:34:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
you touched my heart ,Cindi

Fern(Mi)    Posted 02-18-2004 at 15:27:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now, if you were starting your will, I'd suggest including me.

OH Boy    Posted 02-18-2004 at 14:24:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
It would be cheaper to get your experience by taking a job at a dairy operation for a while first. Learn the business before you put your own money at risk.

Cindi    Posted 02-18-2004 at 13:20:54       [Reply]  [No Email]

ret    Posted 02-18-2004 at 14:35:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
that wasn't nice Cindi. Must be that time of the month

Cindi    Posted 02-18-2004 at 15:38:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now excuse me Ret but that was intended to be a joke.

Alias    Posted 02-18-2004 at 12:52:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jacob, I don't want to throw cold water on your dream, but, if you have to ask how it's done, I recommend you forget it. For, dairying is the most demanding enterprise anyone can imagine. An Amish man I know made a pile of money as a contractor. And, he would have been content to remain a builder but, because of pressure from his family he gave up his business and bought about 60 head of holstein milk cows. After about 3 years he sold the cows and returned to contracting. I think he lost a lot of money in the process. And, this man was raised on a dairy farm. So, my best advice is learn before you leap........gfp

RichZ    Posted 02-18-2004 at 12:56:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good advice, Alias!!

My wife and I are in the process of starting a goat dairy. It takes a huge amount of research to even get started!!!

Read, talk to dairy farmers, read more, go visit dairy farms, read more and talk to more dairy farms, read more and talk to the cooperative extension.

del    Posted 02-18-2004 at 13:52:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
You left out something. Talk to a banker, talk to another banker, beg and plead with several bankers.My son and I expanded our operation a couple of years ago and I think we could have financed a trip on the space shuttle just about as easily.

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