Are You Working for Nothing?

Once, when we were in the dairy business, we decided that our butterfat was not high enough. After much thought we came up with the idea if we fed some alfalfa hay it would be possible to increase our butter fat. Any alfalfa used down here must be shipped in. It just will not grow in Louisiana. We contacted a hay broker and made a deal to have a load delivered. The day that truck load of hay arrived may have been one of the hardest days I have ever worked in my life. We milked that morning, about 100 cows, and cleaned the barn, fed the calves, unloaded the truck of hay into the barn, milked the evening milking and then put out alfalfa hay for the cows. We gave them alfalfa hay every evening for a month. The day the next milk check came we were all anxious to see if there had been any improvement in our butter fat. This little change had done exactly what we thought it would do. The butterfat was up to the point of making the milk check increase enough to make us very proud of ourselves. BUT, and there always seems to be a but, after doing some figuring on the cost of the hay and the extra labor involved in putting it out every night, and being later for supper every night, this little project had broken even. In other words we had done all of this for nothing. I thought of this lesson the other day when I was at our Co-op and I saw something that really upset me. It was a pickup hooked to one of those big self-feeders that hold a couple of tons of feed. Now I kno

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2 thoughts on “Are You Working for Nothing?

  1. It is refreshing to see that at least some of us producers are learning that production does not necessarily equal profit. “Breakeven” is the worst thing ever invented as far as thinking and making a profit goes. A really good article. Keep up the good work.

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