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


If you’ve spent any time at all with Dr. Greg Bethard, you know he is not only an outstanding nutritionist but an excellent teacher in and out of the classroom.

He’s the kind of person I like to hang out with because a conversation with him is always going to be thought-provoking.

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There’s an old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” What do you think? Would you agree? Of course, you’re not a dog, and you probably don’t do any “tricks.”

But this saying isn’t really about dog tricks. It’s about people and our ability to learn new things and change our ways. Actually, that’s not entirely correct either.

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There’s nothing scarier for farm families who are trying to gain control over their lives than to have no clue about what the future holds.

I am chuckling as I write because recently I have been gently asked over the phone if I would like the “senior’s discount” for age 55-plus, and I qualify.

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There is no doubt in my mind that the vast majority of dairy farm owners care about and care for their animals. There is also no doubt, however, that society’s perception of appropriate animal-care practices has changed and continues to evolve.

It is also clear that the perceptions of consumers about the attributes of the dairy products and meat they purchase are changing.

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“Dear Panera Bread Company, you’ve lost a customer.”

Blogger and southern Wisconsin dairy farmer Carrie Mess – or Dairy Carrie, as she’s known to her online fans – describes herself as honest and frank.

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Many people who work with cows on a daily basis have a solid understanding of cow behaviour. Cows are fairly predictable.

What about the people you work with? Is their behaviour predictable? How do we influence co-workers to perform day-to-day activities in a way that continually improves such things as safety, cow health, production and profitability?

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