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Margin Protection Program-Dary
Margin Protection Program Decision Tool

The Margin Protection Program was established under the 2014 Farm Bill. Based on national milk and feed prices, dairy producers are able to insure a specific milk-feed margin and percentage of production history. This decision tool calculates estimated premium costs to insure a certain margin and level of production history. Historical margin information is also included.

Troubleshooting Milking Systems
milking systems

One of the most often neglected areas on a dairy farm is the milking parlor. Even though it is used two or three times a day, it is often assumed to be working properly and operating correctly. Have milking systems checked at least annually by a qualified service person. Between checkups, follow these simple guidelines to monitor your system’s performance. Information on the how-to of milking cows also is included. (PDF Format Only)

2007 Louisiana Refundable Dairy Tax Credit
Milk Producers' Refundable Tax Credit Program

Handbook for Understanding Act 461 of the 2007 Louisiana Legislature-Refundable Tax Credit for Dairy Farmers

Assessment of Damage to Louisiana Agricultural, Forestry, and Fisheries Sectors By Hurricane Katrina
Assessment of Damage to Louisiana Agricultural, Forestry, and Fisheries Sectors By Hurricane Katrina

Based on the information known at the time of the storm, and given the historical value of these industries to the state, the AgCenter was able to provide preliminary estimates on losses of revenue due to production losses.

Disaster Recovery: Estimates of Economic Impact From Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana Agriculture
Disaster Recovery: Estimates of Economic Impact From Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana Agriculture
The dollar amounts, which are estimates of reduced revenue and increased costs, are broken down by storm and commodity. Total estimated costs are also provided.
2005 Beef, Dairy and Forage Production Costs
2005 Beef, Dairy and Forage Production Costs
This report presents estimates of production costs for beef cattle, dairy cattle and forage production in Louisiana for 2005.
Diluting Maintenance Costs and Marginal Milk
Maintenance Costs and Marginal Milk
Determining what level of milk production and feed cost yields the most profit for the farm should be the main objective of any measure of economic and production efficiency; because at the end of the day, the main thing that counts is the number of cwt produced and the amount of profit from each cwt. This is the economic indicator that tells you the total net income for the farm.
Using Knowledge of Seasonal Effects Upon Louisiana Dairy Cows in Management Decisions
Using Knowledge of Seasonal Effects Upon Louisiana Dairy Cows in Management Decisions
This study evaluates ways to take advantage of seasonal impact on dairy farms. Seasonal affects upon production, reproduction and health of Louisiana dairy cattle have been known for years. Consideration of these effects in making management decisions is important and can mean the difference between success or failure of a producer.
Managing Feed Cost
Ration quality and the level of feed consumed both play important roles in maximizing dairy farm profitability. Feedstuff analysis allows better appreciation of real cost and should be considered in ration formulation. Feed efficiency should be calculated and monitored to identify the most profitable cows of the herd and to evaluate the nutritional programs more closely and accurately.
Resources for and about the Dairy Industry (DAIReXNET)