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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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One outcome of being profitable is paying tax – especially in a farming context where cash-basis accounting is the norm. There are many different tax plans to choose from, and the key to a successful one is ensuring it fits your business and family needs first, then determining the most tax-efficient plan.

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Milk quality is always an important issue. We all know adherence to a good milking routine, including clean teat ends, proper stimulation, prompt identification of clinical mastitis and accurate treatment are hallmarks of a good milk quality program. But how do we make sure milkers have the knowledge to do this right and the motivation to keep doing it?

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Health and safety – what do they mean to you? Boring training? One meeting a year that is never talked about again? A “legal” obligation? Or perhaps it’s someone telling you how to do your job?

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I was sitting in a sea of financial planners, beside the Atlantic Ocean in Halifax Harbour, while Anthony Williams delivered his thoughts regarding the huge amount of wealth transferring in our great country. Williams graciously gave me his notes to translate what this huge transfer may mean to farm families.

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Annual goals, whether outlined at a company’s annual meeting or a personal New Year’s resolution, all have the same challenges. With a full year allotted to accomplish them, the sense of urgency is diminished, and those involved become complacent.

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The cropping season is behind us for another year, and the meeting season officially kicked off for me the last week of November, first with a brief stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for Farm Management Canada’s Agriculture Excellence Conference, and then on to Vancouver for the British Columbia Dairy Industry Conference.

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