For this reason, it must be extremely efficient and easy to operate: milking and chore time must be kept to an absolute minimum to prevent burn out. The easiest way to make money with a micro dairy is to sell fluid milk directly to customers at the farm or at farmers markets. A solid supplemental income can be generated operating a micro dairy, but probably not enough income to support a family. The easiest way to make money with a micro dairy is to sell fluid milk directly to customers at the farm or at farmers markets. The milk needs to be delicious and has a good long shelf life, so everything on a micro dairy must be kept squeaky clean – even the cows. It only takes a minute or two, and the same quantity of cleaning supplies is used washing a short pipeline as washing buckets. Dairy; Livestock . Here at Bob-White Systems, we have calculated that a micro dairy needs three customers for every gallon of milk produced, based on one-gallon consumption per customer every three days. Size limits and zoning restrictions force micro farmers to be creative about the crops they grow and the ways in which they seek to make a profit, and they tend to focus on sustainability, seasonal crops and niche markets for their products. Ecommerce Software by Shopify, Kids, Cows and Conservation at Vermont’s Chapman Family Farm (Page 11), Mooove Over Mega Farms: A 1996 article featuring Steve and Wendy Judge, Dairy Goat Management: Best management Practices, Returns, Exchanges, and Shipping Policies. Micro Dairy Profit Discussion in 'Cheese & Dairy' started by lkmartin1230, May 16, 2017. But what is a micro-dairy? those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE. I have just creaed a dairy farming financial calculator to calculate profitability and financial feasibility in setting up a medium scale dairy farm. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are Gemma Mackenzie 18 January 2012 >More in. A micro dairy is a business just like any other business: it should make money. How 5 brown cows help micro dairy reach success. Read Steve Judge's new blog 'Milking Cows with a Pipeline' next! Income. Comments will be approved before showing up. All figures are accounting years ending February. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of … b) Data from 2003-04 to 2008/09 is based upon Standard Gross Margin (GSM) typology . 1 Comment. For example, a small 50-gallon bulk tank costs less than $6000. No one should have to pay more than $5000 for a good used system. Small farms (earning less than $50,000 annually or occupying less than 180 acres) are now considered potentially lucrative as both rural and urban business opportunities. BWS Newsletter: Deals, Tips and Tricks. May 21, 2017 1 Comment. Holy (and hardy) cows! A farmer needs to consider his or her time as money and put a per-hour dollar value on it. 11 3 3. Turning a profit from a small dairy farm. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. High profit farms tend to have higher forage quality and lower supplemental feed costs. with all these farms collapsing under the milk glut and being turfed off contract for supercilious reasons, wonder how many will attempt this, i will, 5-10 cows, doing butter & cheese, seriously looking at seasonal, , on pasture and possible milk once per day…. Sign up now and receive exclusive savings every 2 weeks! For example, it takes me a half-hour to milk my cows* — just an hour per day. The high profit farms averaged $1,916 per cow in feed costs while the low profit farms’ average feed costs were nearly $200/cow higher. How much profit can a micro dairy make if they milk 25 goat, sell bottled milk, and make cheeses too? Just curious. Dairy Farming Financial Calculator . So it is critical that operating a micro dairy take up as little time as possible to leave time for other full- or part-time jobs. It will, however, provide a family with a significant and wholesome secondary or supplementary income. Farm fresh milk currently sells for $6 to $12 per gallon; total operating costs to produce that gallon will likely be $3 to $4 per gallon; if a micro dairy sells 100 gallons of fluid milk per week the gross income will be $600 to $1200, with production costs at $300 to $400. We have also found that it is difficult to sell more than 100 gallons of milk per week from a micro dairy. Like other successful businesses, a micro dairy needs to sell a quality product. Not bad for a $6000 investment. This site is maintained by SARE Outreach for the SARE program and features research projects supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. In terms of time alone, that little bulk tank can save nearly $15,000 per year – and that doesn't even factor in the improved quality and flavor of the milk. A little farm at the end of a dirt road may be a nice quiet setting, but probably not the ideal location for a micro dairy. 1122 Patapsco Building | University of Maryland | College Park, MD 20742-6715, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education © 2020. An owner probably won't make a living solely by operating a micro dairy, but significant profits can be generated. At Bob-White Systems, we have over 20 for sale in various shapes and sizes. Cleaning milking buckets is long process even with a claw washer. Simply milk the cows, hook the milkers up to the CIP (clean in place) system, turn a dial, push the button and the farmer is free to do whatever they want to do. Address: 461 Waterman Rd, Royalton, VT 05068, please email [email protected] or call 1-844-770-2777. with any questions during normal business hours. The Microdairy is a European company specializes in manufacturing and upgrading Medium and Micro Dairy Farms of diverse production capacities all around the world. Income as distribution of profit from milk production is not part of any equation at this point in time for most milk producers, including ourselves. • High-profit farms do a better job of controlling all costs. Latest UK dairy farm business income statistics by region on an annual basis. As with micro-breweries and micro-distilleries, definitions vary and are sometimes non-existent. Every minute spent on a micro dairy deprives the owner of the opportunity to earn a second income or do other things they would like to do (known by economists as Opportunity Costs). a) Data shown is average farm business income at current prices with figures rounded to £500. © 2020 Bob-White Systems. SARE Outreach operates under cooperative agreement award No. Let’s do the math. They are all valuable members of the micro dairy family. lkmartin1230, May 16, 2017. lkmartin1230, May 16, 2017.