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MANAGEMENT

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

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I spend a lot of time on the road, traveling from dairy to dairy, hotel to hotel. And I’ll admit, I don’t always eat as healthy as I should.

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Dairy businesses today are utilizing dairy advisory teams as sound management tools for improved idea generation, enhanced communication and superior decision-making.

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As the producer of a product you know is safer and less expensive than (and superior to) its closest competitors, a dairyman or woman must find it frustrating to lose market share to slick-marketed beverages, inferior dairy products and milk copycats.

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Lack of time is the number one reason I hear farmers say they don’t have a preventative hoof care plan in place.

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This past year, I have given numerous talks on the importance of managing for cow comfort. We know that the on-farm management environment explains more than half of the variation among farms in milk production.

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“I don’t have time” – Reflect on how often you use this very short response, either to others or to yourself? For most, the answer is often. In this article we look at why this is usually not a good answer.

Let’s assume the time right now is 1:00 PM. You ask me to complete a task that will take three hours by 3:00 PM. We can all agree that “I don’t have time” is the right response since I can’t do a three-hour task in two hours.

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