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? Figuring out how to lower your feed cost per CWT. The best way to do this is to increase the production of your operation, but that’s a topic for another day. Another way to lower your purchased feed cost is to provide higher quality forage. Lower quality forage contains fewer nutrients, thus requiring larger amounts of supplements.

Dairy Production Challenge 2: Protecting Your Raw Milk Product

Of course, you need somewhere to safely store your product while it awaits pickup from the milk processing plant. And for that, you want a high-quality, refrigerated stainless steel dairy tank. If you have the capital, you can always buy a new dairy tank. But if you’re looking for another chance to cut costs without cutting milk production, consider a used dairy tank. Just make sure you know what you’re getting. Insist on a product that has been completely overhauled using new replacement parts to ensure it meets the specifications of the original manufactured product.

Dairy Production Challenge 3: Controlling Your Dairy Processing Costs

Finally, for our friends primarily concerned with milk and dairy processing, you know how expensive it can be to replace worn out or damaged equipment. First you’ve got the cost of the repair itself; then you’ve got the cost of your downtime – and obviously, the sooner you get back up and running the better. But before you place an order for a new heat exchanger or centrifugal pump, keep in mind that you could be waiting up to twelve weeks for delivery. On the other hand, purchasing a reconditioned centrifugal pump could get you going again 66% faster.

Hard-Working Used Dairy Equipment for the Hard-Working Dairy Industry

To learn more about how we’re helping dairy producers and processors cut costs without sacrificing quality, read up on our reconditioning process. Whether you’re looking for pumps, stainless steel tanks or bottling equipment, we offer solutions—and service—you can count on.

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