Feed costs putting the squeeze on dairy margins

Feed costs are squeezing margins on many dairy farms.

Wayne Schoper with South Central College in Mankato, Minnesota says cost of production is a wild card.

“Feed costs per hundredweight were $9.60, so to produce a hundredweight of milk you spend $9.60 on feed. And that includes purchased feed, that includes corn silage or whatever you’re feeding. Hay, haylage, a lot of guys like to feed high-moisture corn.”

He tells Brownfield those costs will likely hover between $13 and $14 per hundredweight next year.


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