Data is driving decisions on dairy farms

Every ag operation can benefit from understanding the data behind it, and dairy leaders say it is that information that helps producers make the best decisions.

“Data drives decisions, right? And the thing of it is, when you can have real-time data, what’s going on in your farm, and how you analyze that and respond to that is critical. We never had those tools before, and I think the dairy farmers of the past would have never dreamed that we have to have this, but how do you keep in front of it? How do you keep relevant? How do you afford this? What’s the ROI on this technology, and who on the farm has the time to do it? So, I think there are a lot of great questions that are being asked. But again, I mean, at least we have options, right? I mean, this is all positive stuff, and that’s why the new generation of dairy farmers will eat this up and take that to the highest level possible on their farms,” said Tim Trotter, CEO of Edge Dairy Cooperative.

Trotter warns that too much data can be challenging for some farmers. He says it all comes down to which information is actually relevant and can add value to the bottom line.

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