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Looking For A "Good Buy" On Feeds?

Dairy Pipeline: June 2008

Bob James, Extension Dairy Scientist, Dairy Nutrition
(540) 231-4770;

Increases in the price of corn and soybean meal have changed how we view feeding the dairy herd. High prices are likely to continue for the foreseeable future which increases the value of sound economic decisions regarding feeding programs for the dairy herd.

However, price is only one part of the decision. The following factors need to be considered before purchasing a commodity.

Alternatives to corn and soybean meal involve more than evaluating cost/ton. Perform some fundamental price comparisons and then consider the more practical considerations discussed above.

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