Your family. Your cows. The future of your business. Cargill helps feed these dreams and many more. We’ll share stories of how we help producers reach their goals of more milk production, improved component efficiency, higher income over feed costs or simply a better quality of life. It’s where dreams meet reality. It’s how Cargill helps dairies thrive.
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“When I was young I dreamed of doing what my father and grandfather did.”
“I always push for more. More milk, more components and more margin.”
“You need to be an artist to do what we do at a dairy farm,” states Cindy Tevoortwis, a member of Tevoortwis Dairy in Elkton, Mich. Cindy works alongside her brother, Jurgen and their parents, Eli and Hanni to take all of the challenges dairy farming throws at them, and build an environment where their cows can thrive. Eli and Hanni moved from the Netherlands and began dairy farming in Michigan in 1999. Cindy and Jurgen joined them soon after. They started with a herd of 600 cows, expanded to 3,200, and have a goal of hitting 3,500. To accommodate this growth, the farm has recently transitioned from a double 21 herringbone milking parlor to an 80-stall rotary.
From the very beginning, the goal was always to install a rotary parlor but they wanted someone they trusted to give an open and honest opinion. They asked their Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant, Brent Robinson, to help. Brent went with several of the Tevoortwis family members to Mexico to see other rotary parlors, helping them determine what would work best at their dairy. “Brent has helped a lot with our transition to the rotary parlor, even more than just with the nutrition,” says Cindy.
Cindy can already see the improvements that this new parlor has made on her farm. As time goes on, the cows will be prepped more routinely and the number of sick cows will continue decreasing. “I want to take stress away from the cows and make them more comfortable,” says Cindy.
Brent and his Cargill teammates routinely visit the farm and consistently watch cows in different areas to see if they can find any opportunities where the farm can gain advancements through additional improvements. “Cargill is a big company,” Cindy continues, “They’ve got the team and a lot of resources. The information we need is all there.”
Together, Brent and the team at Tevoortwis will do what it takes to keep Cindy’s dream alive: a barn full of happy, healthy cows.
Ending a relationship with a nutrition company after more than 60 years isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. But, it’s been an important move for success of R.E. Hemond Farm. The southern Maine dairy located near Minot is now among the highest producing in the state with a herd average near 29,000 pounds of milk with 3.6% fat and 3.0% protein on more than 300 milking cows.
Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant Dana Brown works with Robbie Hemond and Tommy Cote who manage the day-to-day operations in the barn. The Hemonds were struggling with production before the change despite feeding a significant amount of purchased grain in the parlor. Robbie and Tommy were ready to make a change to Cargill, but it took the blessing from the family matriarch, Noella Hemond, before Brown started to feed the cows at R.E. Hemond Farm. “It’s important to make sure what you’re changing to is better than what we’ve got,” the spry 96-year-old grandmother explained. “Every big decision like this is hard.”
Two days after changing to the Cargill program in October 2011, the tank average jumped from 70 to 76 pounds. Brown has helped the Hemonds improve forage quality and management, allowing them to feed 5 pounds less grain per cow. He’s also helped them improve reproduction (pregnancy rate went from 13% to 26%), move to 3-times-a-day milking, and focus more on fresh cows rations and dry cow management. The result is a dairy making 95 pounds per cow per day and a family excited about their dairy dreams.
It takes hard work and a focus on the little things every day to deliver great milk production on a large dairy. But, to reach 100 pounds of energy-corrected milk (ECM) per cow per day, it requires more than that. The difference between good and great is a discipline to fine-tuning the extras necessary to help the cows perform at their best. Mike Hackbarth, Operations Manager for Spring Breeze Dairy in Bryant, Wis., knows because his dairy hit 100 pounds ECM per cow per day in January of 2016 with the help of his Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant Dan Hager.
“To reach 100 pounds of ECM milk, there are a lot of details and adjustments to manage. And Dan is at the forefront of managing those adjustments,” the 1,750-cow dairy manager explained. “It’s not just delivering a ration on paper, but reading the cow. What is the cow telling us? If it’s not matching what’s on paper, how do we adjust?” Dan walks the cows every week at the northeastern Wisconsin dairy and evaluates all aspects of how the Spring Breeze dairy nutrition program is performing. This includes assessing forage quality, bunk and mixing management and quality control of commodities. “Typically with other companies, you’d see somebody once-a-month with a ration on paper,” Mike said. “Dan’s beyond a ration on paper. He’s analyzing the whole process of what’s being delivered to the cow and how the cow is responding.”
The data and observations Dan captures on-farm are merged with the Cargill MAX® System for Dairy. Forage and commodity samples are analyzed at the Elk River Forage Lab so the ration can be adjusted as needed to give the right nutrients to the cow every day. Dan also monitors the manure to watch how the cows respond to his feeding recommendation. The result is a full system of support to deliver on the performance goals that Mike has set.
“Cargill gives me the best support and access to information that’s available,” Mike said. “It was an unbelievable feeling to hit 100 pounds ECM. We reached it by continually doing the things we always do and staying focused on the right things. And the results came.”
Big goals don’t scare Adam and Aaron Trundy from Twinbrook Farm. In fact, that’s what’s driven the second generation Maine dairymen to performance levels that rival any dairy in the country. Taking over the family dairy in the mid-1990s with a herd of 60-cows averaging 55 pounds a day, the Trundy brothers have worked with Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant Dana Brown to increase the size and performance of their herd.
“We needed a goal to go after, a big goal,” explains Adam Trundy. “We said we wanted to average 100 pounds a cow a day and be a 30,000-pound herd. A totally unrealistic goal at the time. But, we had to find a way to get there.” Production jumped from 55 pounds to 80 following a move from the tie-stall barn to a free-stall set-up in 2010. From there, a consistent focus on cow comfort kept production climbing as the herd grew to nearly 200 cows. With the help of Brown from Cargill, Twinbrook reached their 100-pound goal and outgrew their bulk tank along the way. In 2015, they were awarded the New England Green Pastures Award for the state of Maine.
“I like the consistency and support I get from Cargill,” Trundy says. “Dana has a good team and a lot of places to get answers to our questions. That’s important to me.” The next big project for Twinbrook is to modernize heifer raising facilities so two-year-olds come into the herd ready to work. With a consistent focus on cow comfort, Cargill is ready to help Trundy feed his dreams. “Cows are content. We have the right crew,” Trundy says. “It’s exciting to think about the future.”
“I believe with all of my heart, that you need something to look back on and be proud of,” says first generation dairy farmer Tony Jandernoa. Tony and his wife Patti own Dutch Meadows Dairy, LLC in St. Johns, Mich. and Meadowbrook Dairy in Sunfield, Mich. with a total of 2,200 cows.
Tony wasn’t born and raised on a family dairy farm, but you would never think that after hearing the passion in his voice, seeing the success of their business and the knowledge he displays of the dairy industry. Tony grew up working on his neighbor Alphonse Thelen’s farm, and bit by bit purchased cows. By 1994, they had bought the entire dairy and all of the equipment from Alphonse, when it was just 150 cows. Now, the farm, known as Dutch Meadow Dairy, LLC, has grown to 2,200 cows across two locations.
When deciding to build the second dairy, son Kyle and his wife Mackenzie were an integral part of the process. “I want them to look back in 30 years and be able to say, ‘We built that’,” says Tony. With that in mind, they are completing the finishing touches on Meadowbrook, their second dairy 35 miles down the road, where it made the most financial sense to buy land. Tony has worked closely with his Cargill Nutritionist, Joe Tarkowski on decisions of how to successfully expand both his land and his cow numbers, while remaining profitable. “Joe is here every week. We talk about a lot of stuff… 99 percent dairy related,” Tony laughs. “If he disagrees with something, he’ll have a conversation with us. He gets us thinking and challenges us to get better.”
Tony and Joe’s trust in each other, a hardworking team and Tony’s drive to build a business that can be passed down through generations, has gotten the farm to where it is today. “This dairy has already exceeded everything I dreamed possible,” Tony continues, “but now I dream that it’ll reach four generations. Because that’s when you know you’ve beat the odds.”
Kirk Lanphear, owner of Lanphear Family Farms, holds something in his possession that most 50-year-old dairyman dream of attaining: the deed to his farm. Kirk owns nearly 1,000 acres and 500 Holstein cows in Hyde Park, Vermont all free and clear. In an industry where many struggle with debt management, this is a momentous achievement and in recognition, Lanphear Family Farm was named the 2016 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.
“My dream is for my boys to take over this dairy, just as I did from my parents,” says Kirk. “But I didn’t want them to take over debt. You never want one dream to end another.”
Kirk and his wife, Katrina already have a transition plan in place for their two sons, Lucas and Keith, to take over the farm. The Lanphears also have two daughters, Chelsea and Carrie. While the farm will transition to the boys, it must also pay for the girl’s college education, giving them an opportunity to start their careers debt free as well.
The priorities at Lanphears Family Farm have always been profitability and longevity of the cows. Kirk doesn’t raise any replacements, but instead buys every animal. These priorities are calculated into every decision, including the feeding program, which targets cow health and longevity, and doesn’t strive for record breaking milk production. Something the Lanphear’s nutritionist is happy to deliver.
“We’ve been working with our Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant, Marty Waterman for twenty years. He understands our goals and what we want, and works with us to achieve them.”
From tweaking the ration for winter weather, to switching to BMR corn silage, their Cargill nutritionist always ensured the farms main priorities were factored in and aligned with the changes, helping safeguard their profit goals and keeping debt at a distance.
“The service is great, everyone is friendly and we always have great interactions with the Cargill team. We can forget to order grain and 12 hours later we’ll have it there,” says Kirk. “It’s nice knowing the boys will have these trusted partners to be there for them once we complete the transition.”
A financially sustainable operation. Trusted partners that make recommendations with the farms best interest in mind. The Lanphear’s have left their sons with a phenomenal farming legacy and the financial freedom to dream even bigger in the future.
Big goals and dreams are the adrenaline that drives Scott Matsche. “I like the challenge of it,” the northeastern Wisconsin dairyman smiled and said as he balanced 2016 corn chopping while opening a new dairy facility. “It’s the adrenaline of it, I guess. That’s why I like it so much,” he adds before grabbing the ringing cell phone from his pocket to take on the next challenge.
Matsche Farms has been in a growth mode since 1993 as Scott’s sons Kyle, Chris and Ryan have joined him in the operation. The 2016 expansion is their largest so far and included a 4,000-cow freestall barn and 80-cow rotary parlor. Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant Dan Hager works closely with Chris Matsche, who is the farm’s herd manager. Dan arrives first thing each Wednesday morning to visit with Chris and Scott before walking the cows. Using his experience on other dairies, Dan is able to provide an outside view of how the herd is performing and offer suggestions for improvement. Most recently, Dan has helped encouraged changes that have improved the pounds of components shipped per cow.
“The changes we’ve made that Cargill suggested have been flawless and really helped us grow,” Chris said. “The success of our nutrition program is really what’s creating the opportunity for this expansion.” Dan also has brought in others from the Cargill team to offer advice on feed inventory management, cow flow, parlor technique and calf and heifer growth.
“Keep growing. That’s where we go from here,” Scott said about the next step. “We want to give the next generation a place to come back to if they choose. It’s why I enjoy farming so much. I get to see and work with my family every day. There is nothing better than that.”
Dairy farming can be a great lifestyle and business when the two go hand-in-hand like they now do at Brigeen Farms in Turner, Maine. The well-known Holstein breeder herd was founded in 1977 and welcomed the 10th generation back home in 2000. That’s when Bill and Betsy Bullard joined her parents, Steve and Mary Briggs, on the farm after 10-year careers with Cargill. Today, the herd includes 500 cows and a herd average near 29,000 pounds of milk.
“Key metrics I monitor are first and foremost, income over feed costs fat-corrected. I watch that nonstop,” explains Bullard. “After that, return on equity and return on assets. I want to know how efficiently my capital is working.” Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant Dana Brown helps Bullard find ways to make his cows and capital work harder. The two have worked on multiple aspects of cow comfort during their growth from 50 to 500 cows without a major facility investment. This included adjustments to feeding schedules and push-up times, TMR audits and evaluating mixing order, and ensuring the bunk is never empty. Every detail was carefully evaluated so the cows could perform in facilities that were being stretched to their max.
“Cargill provides us tremendous access to resources, even in Maine,” Bullard says. “You’ve got to take the time to implement them on your dairy, but it’s a huge advantage.” The future for Brigeen Farms is to continue to make investments that provide short paybacks with an eye on diversifying their farm income. Bullard is looking at ways to take advantage of his proximity to the Northeastern fluid milk market. With the right crew in place on the dairy and available resources from Cargill, Brigeen Farms is poised to continue to feed the dreams of their family for generations to come.
A task list from mom. Clean this. Straighten up that. We can all relate to growing up with one of those. Many of us might have been frustrated by the never ending list of chores. But, that’s not how Roger Broering sees the list he gets from his Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant Laura Homan. “She’s not afraid to tell us how to improve,” the Ohio dairyman explained. “Her nickname is mom around here.”
Broering values the different perspective Homan provides during her every other week visits to the dairy. The list of opportunities might include smaller things like bedding stalls more or pushing feed up an extra time, to larger improvements like a new dry cow facility. Each time she visits, Homan emails a summary to Broering of what she saw. “She’ll also leave handwritten notes in the milkhouse,” he added. “But, what I like about Laura is that she’s always so positive. She takes her time and wants to see us all improve together. I like that.”
Roger’s dairy future includes a new freestall facility. He is one of several Broerings who farm in Western Ohio, and an expansion will prepare them for the next generation. “My four kids are the reason I am growing our dairy,” he explained. “I like working with family and our team here. Working by yourself is no fun.” He shares the same positive attitude he admires in Homan, which will be helpful as his to-do list from her grows with his cow numbers. But, the result of the extra effort is a confidence that Cargill is continuing to feed his dreams.
Staying on top of new technology, having excellent employees and an accurate nutrition program have been the keys to success at Keller Farms, located in Fort Recovery, Ohio. Investing in these three key areas have helped Keller Farms not only sustain their business, but more than double the operation in size to 950 mature dairy cows, 900 replacement heifers, and 1,350 acres of farm land growing forages that include haylage, corn silage, ryelage and sudex.
“When I was young I dreamed of doing what my father and grandfather did,” says Dan Keller, partner in Keller Farms with his dad and brother, “I’m thankful I get to live that dream every day.”
The farm’s growth was strategically planned and completed over a course of eight years, working closely with their nutritionist, Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant Ryan Aberle. “Ryan’s always crunching numbers, doing whatever it takes to help improve the farm’s bottom line,” says Dan.
As the farm grew, they began to look to Ryan for consulting in areas beyond nutrition. The team provided educational tools and technology that kept the farm up-to-date on improved management practices on everything from lactation to calving.
“The team provided several different customized tracking sheets that put all of our information together, and helped make it easier for us to watch trends and spot key indicators,” adds Dan.
Working with a well-rounded consulting team that emphasizes everything from forage quality, to animal health and comfort has helped Dan and his partners achieve their expansion goal. Today they work closely with the team to prepare for the future, and maintain a high-standard of quality.
“Working with our Cargill team inspires us to do better every day,” says Dan. “They motivate us to be the best we can be. Their positive attitude and helpful insights lead us in the direction of success.”
A success Dan dreams to one day pass on to the next generation.
“These heifers are tall, lean and growing quicker. They have that dairy look to them now.” That’s how Jamie Wilson describes the heifers she’s raising at Spring Breeze Dairy. The northeastern Wisconsin calf and heifer manager started working with Cargill Calf and Heifer Specialist Jennifer Wiley in early 2015 to tackle growth and health challenges on the dairy. Heifers at that time were short and heavy. They also were losing a few calves each month from coccidiosis.
Jennifer helped Spring Breeze fix the coccidiosis issue while growing an animal that’s ready for breeding 30 days earlier than before. Heifers are bred at 12 months of age and come back at 1,400 pounds when they are 250 days post-breeding. Every other month, the Cargill team weighs a sample of 50 heifers to track heifer performance through all stages of growth. The data gives Jamie measurable results to compare against what she is seeing. “We’re getting as good, if not better growth and the feed is significantly cheaper,” Jamie explained. “It’s amazing the changes I’ve seen in these animals.”
Expansion is the next stage for Spring Breeze Dairy and Jamie knows that will place added stress onto her calf and heifer program. However, she’s confident she has the team and support in place to be successful. “This is a progressive dairy that is always trying to be better,” she said. “What I like about Jennifer is that she sees things that I don’t always see. A lot of it is natural instinct and I’ve noticed that. Before a small problem gets to be a very big problem, we catch it.”
Follow-through and hard work are everything on a dairy. It’s how plans turn into actions that fuel growth. For Galen Smith at Coldstream Farms, follow-through and hard work are two of the first things that come to mind when he describes his Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant, Mark Harting. “I’ve never worked with anyone that has the passion I see in Mark Harting. His work ethic is second to none,” the Washington dairyman says.
Coldstream Farms has grown steadily to 1,250 cows since reentering the dairy industry in 1991 and is poised for growth in the future. Galen married into the family operation and describes the growth as mastering one small step before taking on the next one. “Better before bigger” is the farm’s mantra which is focused on creating a bright future for his children and their community. “I want to provide opportunities for our kids to become part of the dairy,” he says. “I can show them I love what I do, I’ve been a great dad who’s involved in their lives and we have a successful business. We care about ourselves, our employees and our animals.”
Cargill takes a team approach to Coldstream Farms which Galen describes as unique to the independent consultants typical in the area. Every other Monday, the Cargill team joins the dairy’s management meeting. The topics range from employee training and feed shrink to fresh cows and lameness. The goal is to keep getting better. “Cargill is willing to challenge us” he says.” I feel that any obstacle or challenge we face here, the team we have can develop a plan to overcome it.”
Each week during the year, forages are sampled with dry matters run every other day. Particle size is evaluated every month. Harting walks the cows routinely as well. The steady stream of information allows regular dietary changes to ensure consistency to the cows. The result is preventing problems before they ever happen. “When I have problems, I can eliminate things immediately,” he says. There is always something to overcome, but our data gives me confidence I’ve already answered questions already. I want to get it right the first time.”
“We really want to be the best. And that’s where we are right now in the 6 Pound ClubTM.” Those are the words of George DeRuyter & Sons Dairy, a 6 Pound ClubTM member and Cargill customer from Outlook, Washington. Cargill created the 6 Pound ClubTM to recognize customers who’ve reached the elite level of producing six pounds or more of combined milk fat and protein per head per day. DeRuyter & Sons Dairy is currently averaging 85 pounds of milk with 6.15 pounds of fat and protein components.
The 5,000-cow dairy has been working with Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant Dr. Shane Holt for many years and considers Shane the head nutritionist on the dairy team. Shane uses the Milk Revenue Calculator, a tool exclusively available from Cargill, to track the profitability of the DeRuyter’s high component goals and progress towards them. The Milk Revenue Calculator determines Milk Fat+Protein Component Income Over Feed Cost. That measure gives DeRuyter & Sons Dairy a good approximation of dairy profitability since 80% of the milk check is determined by component production in most markets. Shane uses this calculator to help DeRuyter & Sons Dairy ensure that higher performance is always captured with an eye on profitability. In addition, Shane uses the Milk Revenue Calculator to determine and track Component Efficiency. Component Efficiency measures the biological efficiency of the herd in turning pounds of feed into pounds of total milk fat and protein. It’s a powerful measure of how efficiently the herd is performing.
DeRuyter & Sons Dairy have high expectations for their herd, and are targeting 100 pounds of milk tank average with even higher components. Their dream is to be amongst the first into the 7 Pound Club. Nutrition will be essential to reaching these performance goals and Shane is already helping DeRuyter & Sons Dairy feed their 7 Pound Club dream.
“I always push for more. More milk, more components and more margin.” That is the drive of Ray Robinson, a dairy producer and Cargill customer located in Burley, Idaho who’s been successfully milking cows for 50 years.
Ray has a longtime relationship with his trusted Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant, Dr. Shane Holt. To keep pushing the envelope Ray constantly challenges Shane with new ideas on feeding strategies and ingredients he would like to test on his herd. His never-ending quest is to reach higher energy-corrected milk at an increased margin.
Shane is able to utilize the Cargill Dairy MAX® system to virtually evaluate any changes Ray is considering before anything is ever implemented in the dairy’s feeding program. The MAX® system recreates the dairy in a virtual world, using a wide range of animal and environmental data, performance factors and even the physical structure of the feed for an in depth analysis of performance. Shane can review the results from the MAX® system at both the diet and whole farm level for feed efficiency, animal productivity, and income over feed costs in real time. This gives him the power to provide sound answers to the challenges Ray brings to the table. At the same time, the MAX® system also enables Shane to identify any limiting factors to performance in the herd or find any opportunities that could result in higher energy-corrected milk at an increased margin.
By virtually analyzing ration changes with the MAX® system before implementation, Ray knows Shane has saved him a lot of time and money and that’s made him invaluable to his business. Now anytime someone comes along trying to sell Ray on a new ingredient or formulation, he sends them to Shane so he can analyze it first. If Shane believes the change will help Ray get more, then Ray is happy to try it.
The Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) ranks the top herds in Pennsylvania based on rolling herd average each month. Cargill customer Brymesser Farms, LLC, in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, consistently ranks among the top 20 dairies in the state. Currently, they are averaging more than 30,000 pounds of milk and a combined 6.23 pounds of milk fat and protein. Mike and Matt Brymesser, the 7th generation owners of the dairy, have set their sights on the top spot.
Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant (DFC) Noah Hughes has been working with this team of brothers for the past ten years. Cargill feeds all of the Brymesser herd, from calves through milking cows. Calves are started on milk replacer, weaned off onto a pellet followed by a custom grower. Once they hit 400 pounds, then all animals are fed a one-group TMR (Total Mixed Ration) diet. Connecting the nutrition at each stage through the dairy has improved Brymesser’s herd performance as well as profitability. There is an outstanding level of trust between the dairy and Hughes. “Noah is good at always being cost conscious,” Mike Brymesser comments, “while still putting the very best in front of the cows.”
Brymesser Farms has reached the top spot on the DHIA list of Cumberland County and their dream is to be #1 of the 3,884 dairies tested by DHIA and Dairy One in Pennsylvania. Hughes is helping them work towards that goal in a profitable manner. Performance can’t come at the expense of the cow health. “When people drive by this farm, I want them to say ‘I want to drink milk from that place,’” Brymesser says. Being the top herd in a state like Pennsylvania is a big goal, but Brymesser is confident they will reach it. “With Cargill, we know we can be the number one DHIA herd in Pennsylvania someday,” he says.
“On our operation we want to be better than the industry average, so we do things differently.” That is the commitment of Holt Dairy, a 4,000-cow operation and Cargill customer located in Newcastle, Utah. When the business was started in 2010, the owners had no dairy experience, just the dream of a successful family farm they could raise their children on.
Holt Dairy began working with Cargill at the very beginning stages, when they were only feeding heifers and preparing for the day they would milk cows. From the start, the teaching they received from Cargill was invaluable to helping Holt Dairy learn what being dairymen is all about. From the different nutritional needs of animals at various life stages to better employee management, the support they received was always tailored to the unique circumstances on their operation. Holt Dairy quickly found having a trusted resource made life less stressful on the dairy, and more relaxing at home.
Today, with the help of their Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant (DFC), Dr. Shane Holt, the dairy has removed dry hay and dry triticale from their diet and are feeding all silage. To make this dream a reality, Holt Dairy had to get everything perfect, from forage quality to their mixing/loading technique. They give a lot of praise to their DFC for his out-of-the-box thinking and dedication to their goal. Staying true to their commitment to do it better by doing it different, Holt Dairy enjoys a herd average in the mid 90’s, and the bewilderment their all silage ration has on others that drop by the farm.
Always striving to improve proficiency, Holt Dairy strives to utilize more and more farm-produced-forages to feed their herd. They know Cargill will help them make this dream a reality, too.
“I never felt the need to shop around,” says dairyman Glen Miller about his decades-long working relationship with Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant (DFC) Wayne Nolen. Miller is a fifth-generation operator of Fern Valley Farms, and he manages the 60-head milking herd largely on his own. He has worked with Nolen for more than 20 years, resulting in a close partnership between the pair. Often short on help and time, Miller relies on his Cargill DFC for guidance with nutrition, animal health, management and anything else he needs to run the dairy effectively.
Cargill’s MAX® technology is at the core of the nutrition services Nolen provides. Nolen uses the MAX® system to keep the right balance of maximizing forages in the feeding program, while adjusting formulations accordingly to stretch silage supplies. Nolen also monitors milk components to create diets that will boost herd fat and protein levels and maximize profitability. Miller trusts Nolen as a partner in the dairy and asks him to oversee feed inventory, assist with maintaining performance records, and even place feed orders to save him time. Regular communication between the two is important and they use phone and text message to make it easy.
Faced with the challenge of operating his dairy independently, Glen Miller has seen significant value in his relationship with Cargill and DFC Wayne Nolen. Miller appreciates and depends on the comprehensive support and in-depth resources available to him as a Cargill customer. The simple, effective solutions offered by Cargill Animal Nutrition, combined with a productive and open customer-DFC relationship, have enabled Miller to continue to feed his dreams.
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