Four southern Missouri dairy producers formed a panel Friday to talk about ways they’re getting by and coping with what little feed was left by the drought of 2012.
Two of them are augmenting rations by feedstuffs that would otherwise be treated as waste.
John Schoen of Oak Ridge, Missouri, saves about 25 cents in feed costs per cow per day by adding whey water, a dairy processing by-product from a plant near him.Meanwhile Stacey McCallister of Mountain Grove, Missouri, has developed a relationship with marketers of produce who have a surplus of produce that for some reason or other is not fit to go on the grocery shelf.
Both have overcome some challenges in handling and integrating the materials into their rations. Both are quick to point out that they sacrifice some performance by using the salvaged materials, but each agrees that it helps their bottom line.