How to Increase Dairy Production: 3 Surprising Tips

Dairy farmer stands in front of his cows and uses a tablet to record milk production data

A cow that is milking can eat about 100 pounds of feed each day. That adds up. So, if you run a dairy farm, you obviously want to get as much milk as possible out of your feed costs. In this post, we’ll share three tips for helping your dairy cows meet or exceed the production average of six-to-seven gallons of milk per day.

1. Cows that Rest Longer Produce More Milk

Believe it or not, even a small increase in the amount of time your cows spend lying down can have a big impact on dairy production. Why? Well, it all comes down to blood flow to the cow’s udder. Simply put, when a cow lies down, blood flow is 25-30% faster, according to some estimates. Even just one extra hour of down time per day can make a real difference in your milk tank.

2. Dairy Cows Love a Predictable Routine

Humans are creatures of habit.… Read more

Starting a Brewery? Watch Out for These Common Brewery Mistakes.

Craft brewer in his production brewery having successfully avoided common brewery mistakes

Guess how many breweries and brew-pubs are currently active in Tennessee alone? Go ahead, guess. The answer? There are 76 of ‘em. That’s almost one craft brewery for each of Tennessee’s 96 counties. Heck, in 2016 alone, at least 11 microbreweries opened their doors in our state. So, to say there is a craft beer “boom” is an understatement. In fact, if you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you’re among the entrepreneurs and beer enthusiasts contributing to Tennessee’s amazing craft beer scene.

If so, it could be worth your while to spend a minute or two reviewing some of the most common brewery mistakes that may prevent new breweries from reaching their full potential.

Three Mistakes to Avoid for New Breweries

Brewery Mistake #1: Not Protecting Your Personal Assets

When you’re first starting a brewery, we’re sure you have the intent of making a name for yourself and your brand.… Read more

3 Dairy Production Challenges Costing You Money: From Barn to Bottle

A fresh bottle of milk and the dairy cow that helped produce it sit outside on a picnic table during the sunset

Whether you operate a dairy farm, a dairy processing plant or you have a hand in both ends of the milk production spectrum, people in the dairy industry have a lot to juggle. From low milk prices and rising feed costs to veterinary expenses and maintaining the pregnancy rate, profitable milk production depends on a variety of factors—some of which are beyond your control. Here’s a few you might be able to put to rest:

Dairy Production Challenge 1: Controlling Your Feed Cost per CWT

For those of you with a stake on the milk production side, your biggest expense is probably your feed cost. This is why it’s important to keep track of how much money you’re spending on feed per CWT of milk produced each month. If you aren’t sure what it is, you can work with a nutritionist to find out. That’s the easy part. Not so easy?… Read more

Save Time & Money with Reconditioned Heat Exchangers

Checking for quality at a microbrewery, which is one product category that relies on heat exchangers.

When you need to replace a heat exchanger or add an additional unit to your line, time is of the essence. Buying a brand new heat exchanger is one option, but depending on your situation, it may not be the best choice. A reconditioned heat exchanger could save you some money, and it could also be up and running faster.

Of course, with so much riding on your production line, you want to make sure you’re getting a quality piece of equipment. In this post, we’ll show you what to look for and what questions to ask when choosing a reconditioned heat exchanger.

What does a High Quality Reconditioned Heat Exchanger Look Like?

Believe it or not, our reconditioned heat exchangers look a heck of a lot like brand-new heat exchangers. That’s because we outfit them with new plate packs purchased direct from the manufacturer. Then, we install the plates on a used frame that has been completely restored to its original factory specifications.… Read more

Ramp Up Faster with a Reconditioned Filling Machine

Reconditioned Filling Machine Product Example

When your company lands an order with a national big box retailer, you might need to ramp up production faster than you can realistically manage without making additions to your line. Problem is, adding new pumps, tanks, heat exchangers or filling machines doesn’t just require money – it requires time. And time is something you simply may not have.

Buying a new rotary filling machine could take anywhere from six to eight months to get up and running. If you have that kind of time, and you don’t mind paying full price for a new filler, this is a perfectly fine option for you. But, if you need to increase production capacity faster, a reconditioned bottle filling machine can be operational in as little as three months, and cost you a fraction of buying new.

How to Spot a High Quality Reconditioned Liquid Filler

When it comes to purchasing reconditioned manufacturing equipment, you’ll want to make sure to look beyond the surface.… Read more