1.
Production Practices

LAND BASE

1.

Overall, how much land do you operate as part of this dairy farm business?

2.

Of the total land operated, how much is used for the following purposes:

 

2.1.

Pasture only

 

2.2.

Crop production

 

2.3.

Fallow, idle, or CRP

 

2.4.

Other

3.

Of the total acres that you operate,

 

3.1.

Roughly how much do you own?

 

3.2.

Roughly how much do you rent/lease?

CROP AND FEED ISSUES

1.

Do you raise most of the feed for your dairy cows on your own farm?

2.

Roughly how much (or what %) of the following types of livestock feed do you usually BUY or IMPORT from off the farm:

 

2.1.

Forages

 

2.2.

Grains

 

2.3.

Protein

3.

Do you currently rely on pastures as a major source of feed for your milking dairy cows?

4.

What ways is the expansion of your dairy operation constrained by the size of your land base?

5.

Is the size of your land base a primary reason for expanding or not expanding your dairy operation? Are there other reasons for expanding/not expanding? (ecological, economic, animal health, milk quality, quality of life)

6.

Are there any special approaches to management of crops—fertility, rotations, etc.—that are important to the sustainability of the operation?

DAIRY-SOIL LINKAGES

1.

In what ways do soil conditions on your farm affect:

 

1.1.

your crop production practices?

 

1.2.

your manure management?

 

1.3.

your grazing activities (if any)?

MANURE AND NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT ISSUES
Manure Storage and Handling
  1. How do you store most of the manure from your livestock?

  2. Do you apply your dairy manure to your own fields and what rates of application do you typically use?

  3. How is the manure applied?

  4. Do you follow manure applications with biological stimulants?



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