- Have a specific question?
- Want to request more information or research?
Advantage 1-on-1 is a service designed to help dairy producer's access information and answer
specific questions pertaining to the dairy business. The focus of Advantage 1-on-1 is the dairy
producer and providing what he or she needs in a timely manner. This enables the producer to make
informed and timely decisions, creating an advantage for dairy farms in North Carolina. Whether you
have a specific inquiry, such as the impacts of including a particular mineral supplement into your
ration, or a more general request for information about parlor designs, leasing vs. buying equipment,
or anything else dairy related, Advantage 1-on-1 is your primary resource. There is no fee for this
service, simply contact one of the NC Dairy Advantage Team Members with your request.
- Wondering where your business will be in 5 years?
- Trying to deal with lingering problem areas on your farm?
Knowing where your business is headed is dependent upon understanding where it has been or at
least where it is today. The Dairy Farm Assessment Program is a comprehensive measurement of a
dairy farms performance with the goal of identifying and prioritizing possible issues and providing
recommended solutions. From a financial perspective to herd health, nutrition, milk quality,
reproduction, and management, a Dairy Farm Assessment analyzes each segment of a dairy business,
individually and collectively. This "snapshot" of the farm allows Dairy Advantage and the producer to
assess strengths and weakness as well as potential threats and opportunities surrounding the future.
The Dairy Farm Assessment helps the producer outline his or her goals for the next five to ten years,
based on the current state of the operation. For more information or to request a dairy farm
assessment, contact one of the NC Dairy Advantage Team Members.
- Trying to increase profitability?
- Figuring out how to work smarter, not harder?
The complexity of dairy farm management continues to grow and many producers strive to simplify their business in order to manage more effectively. One way to assist is through NC Dairy Advantage's Dairy Farm Profit Teams. The Dairy Farm Profit Team is a producer led group that helps to address various areas of the dairy operation with the goal of increasing farm profitability and farm
management efficiency. The producer decides who is on the team, perhaps a veterinarian, nutritionist, accountant or even all three. The producer also decides when and how often the team will meet with almost all meetings commonly held at the farm. Members of the Dairy Farm Profit Team provide insight into areas of the business, report back on research, answer questions, and offer suggestions to help the producer make more effective and efficient farm management decisions. For more information contact the NC Dairy Advantage Program at 919-740-1762.
According to an NC dairy farmer in 2009: "The profit team convinced me to start a transition group which dramatically improved fresh cow losses. It cost very little, mostly a little time, but the payoff has been great. This combined with other recommendations from the profit team have made more improvements on our farm. With the current milk price situation, there is no doubt that we would have already considered going out."
- Looking to diversify or expand your operation?
- Have an innovative business/marketing idea?
North Carolina leads the Southeast in the number of value-added dairy enterprises and is setting an example for new and innovative dairy businesses and marketing opportunities. NC Dairy Advantage, through the Specialty & Artisan Dairy Network, provides assistance to dairy producers considering value-added opportunities to grow and diversify their operations. The Specialty & Artisan Dairy Network can help assess the feasibility of your business idea, research innovative ideas, create a
business and marketing plan, and provide access to information for value-added dairy entrepreneurs. Whether you are looking to bottle milk or make cheese, the Specialty and Artisan Dairy Network can assist you with your efforts. Contact NC Dairy Advantage today for more information.
5th Annual NC Dairy Appreciation Dinner
The NC Dairy Appreciation Dinner is a social gathering to recognize dairy producers and the dairy
industry during National June is Dairy Month. NC Dairy Advantage teams up with NCSU Extension and
SUDIA to host the event at a North Carolina dairy farm each year. The NC Dairy Appreciation Dinner is
a great opportunity to speak with fellow dairy industry supporters and producers as well as have fun
and relax. If you are interested in hosting this event, please contact NC Dairy Advantage.
Location: Hickory Metro Convention Center
Date: February 14 & 15, 2013
Registration brochure and agenda coming soon
- Want to learn more about being a part of NC's dairy future?
- Like hands-on dairy education?
The future of the dairy business begins today. NC Dairy Advantage is a proud partner in the
development of our future dairy leaders with the goal of providing educational experiences and
opportunities for youth and young adults across the state. From showing heifers and calves at the NC
State Fair, to dairy cattle judging workshops, to dairy products evaluation, quiz bowl, dairy youth
retreats, Dairy Challenge, and more, North Carolina boast one of the best dairy youth programs
around. Learn more by…
- Visiting the NC Dairy Youth Foundation Facebook Page.
- Contacting Dr. Brinton Hopkins at NCSU.