Cassandra Endres compares large farms in two countries
While we visited the wide variety of farms throughout Mexico, the majority of the farms had fewer than 20 cows. This is true for almost all of the farms in Mexico, especially in the area that we visited. However, about halfway through the trip we visited a farm that looked like a farm similar to a farm in Wisconsin. PROAN is a large family owned company based in San Juan de Los Lagos. The company has a feed mill, dairy unit, poultry unit, and swine unit. The dairy unit that we visited during the field study was home to around 2,500 milking cows. There are obviously farms in Wisconsin that are home to the same number of cows, which is what makes these two systems similar. However, there are countless differences between the two farms as well.
The use of this hormone increases milk production by making the cow’s feed efficiency higher. This improves the economical sustainability of a farm because the farm can increase milk production on their farm, which will also lead to increased income from greater milk sales. One of the weaknesses on the PROAN dairy farm was that they have a large problem with mastitis. When mastitis is a large problem on a farm, milk production can be greatly reduced. This is also a large problem in Wisconsin, as mastitis is the most costly disease affecting the dairy industry in the United States. When cows have mastitis, that means that they are not only producing less milk, but that the milk that they do produce is not of high enough quality. The farmer cannot sell this milk which can greatly reduce the amount of money a farmer brings in if a large percent of the cows become infected.
|Owner:||Taylor N.||Group:||Dairy Science 375|
|Created:||2012-11-05 19:36 CST||Updated:||2012-12-28 00:07 CST|
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