Wisconsin dairy producer survey due

Wisconsin’s ag department is asking dairy producers to share information about their operations in a new survey.

Dan Bauer with the Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection’s Farm Center tells Brownfield a lot has changed since the last survey four years ago, so they’re asking farmers about their herd and some new questions. “Then, it will move into management practices. One of the questions we’re asking this year is what percent of your female calves will you be raising for dairy replacements? We also ask about the percent of feed that you grow for your own herd, and then it’s going to move into business structure and labor.”

Bauer says farmers are being asked how many employees they have, if they offer benefits, and also about the farm’s future plans. “Did you make business investments recently? Or, do you plan to in the future? Or, do you have a documented succession plan?”

Bauer says the survey also asks farmers what challenges or disruptors are affecting their farm business and the dairy industry overall. “Some examples of those might be labor access, weather, regulation. Supply and demand is one you always hear about.”

Surveys were mailed to all of Wisconsin’s licensed dairy producers at the beginning of June.  Bauer says they would like to finish collecting the data by mail or online by Monday, July 1st.

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