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Manage dairy employees, establish farm protocols, take on milk marketing, and become more confident in your farm financials.

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If you’ve ever seen the movie The Internship and are familiar with the World Wide Web, you probably were laughing at the scene where Vince Vaughn’s character kept saying “on the line” rather than “online.”

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April signifies that a new busy season is approaching. Regardless of how intense the work gets on your dairy farm, keep these words of encouragement fueling your actions.

Doug Stroh, who now works at MNP, created a list of 10 ways you can encourage the heart of your farm. Stroh has granted me permission to share this list because it has stood the test of time.

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“I think Henry Ford once said, ‘If I asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me a faster horse’,” noted Steve Jobs. He went on to say that we are in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for people, as remarkable as the invention of the telephone.

What then is the future of dairy farming? As I read Steve Jobs’ biography, I could not help but be compelled by the power of his vision and the capability of the dairy industry, and entire ag industry, to put a “dent” in the universe.

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In 2013, the Progressive Dairy Operators surveyed members about the labour required to operate their farm and the wages paid to employees.

This is the same survey reported in terms of calf management in the March issue of Progressive Dairyman. Again, 154 farms replied to the survey.

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One of the most rewarding parts of my job as a technical trainer on dairies is witnessing the positive energy and enthusiasm that knowledge and understanding generate in the employees I work with.

We expect employees to do many complex, protocol-driven tasks in a very specific way, but how often do we take the time to explain the “why” behind it?

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The second annual Global Dairy Summit was held Feb. 6 at the Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford, Ontario. Six producers gathered from Canada, the U.S., Israel, The Netherlands and China to enlighten others to what dairying is like around the world.

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