August 2009: Pro-Dairy

The Manager: Feed Decision Making


The Manager, a special section prepared by PRO-DAIRY specialists, appears in Eastern DairyBusiness 12 times a year. In keeping with the PRO-DAIRY mission, The Manager helps strengthen the management skills of dairy producers and increase the profitability of the dairy industry. PRO-DAIRY, an educational program begun in 1988, is a joint venture of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Northeast agriservice organizations. For reprints of PRO-DAIRY’s The Manager, contact Heather Howland, 272 Morrison Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Phone: (607) 255-4478 Email:



August 2009 features include:


Welcome to the wild world of sourcing feed 

How dairy producers tackle decisions on whether to buy or grow
commodity feeds has changed a lot in the last decade

By Tom Overton and Larry Chase


To contract or not to contract

There’s no crystal ball to help make foolproof decisions on contracting
feed. But there are tools that help improve decision making

By Tom Overton and Larry Chase


How do I price forages?

Pricing forages? That perennial question asked by dairy producers can
be answered using any of these methods

By Tom Overton and Larry Chase


Dairy consultant Q & A

Drawing on a wealth of experience, Corwin Holtz offers ideas on
making sound feed-buying decisions

By Eleanor Jacobs