What makes a dairy profitable?

According to¬†Profiting from Efficient Milk Production a report published in January this year, huge herds producing ever higher yields aren’t the sine qua non some would have us believe.

“Well-managed, small herds can produce milk, on a per litre basis, at similar levels of efficiency to herds that are at least three times larger (however, the viability of very small herds to provide sufficient income for owners is a different matter). Similarly, provided that the system is right, outputs of less than 5,000 litres per cow per year can be profitable when operated effectively.”

Well goodness me!

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