It is hard to disagree that 2011-12 season was a great season. My clients especially had a great year with low MT rates and highest milk production. This coupled with less insect damage to pastures and larger supplement stores makes 2012-13 look even better.
However complacency is the biggest killer to productivity. We say it all the time when great teams lose, ‘they just looked complacent’. Remember the old saying “one swallow doesn’t make a summer”. This holds true with farming because at any time the pressure can come on and any gains you have made can be lost.
This week dairy prices have fallen to a 33 month low which will put pressure on the milk payout to farmers this season. Natural reaction for farmers is to cut costs and reduce the exposure to risk of a low payout. However cutting costs in the wrong areas will end up in costing you productivity which is not want you want to happen.
Use these tight times to control costs in areas that can be controlled. Feed supplements to maintain the correct residuals, monitor everything and reduce wastage.
Make sure complacency doesn’t affect your business this year. Control your costs but still focus on productivity gains.
Get your knitting right from the start and you will have a wonderful garmet at the end.
Best of luck