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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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Ah, yes, one of the dairy manager’s most cringe-worthy duties, creating the employee schedule. You think you have it all figured out, and then someone needs a day off, or better yet, your employees want a different schedule all together.

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As 2018 comes to a close, it is time to plan for 2019. As your dairy business continues to change, business planning becomes more critical than ever.

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When someone mentions A.I., minds in the dairy business immediately think about artificial insemination. However, this article will focus on a different type of A.I. Regardless of our personal views on the issue, artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology is here to stay and should not be ignored.

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Editor’s note: This article is the second in a two-part series. Click here to read part-one "Are your ready and equipped to lead business succession?"

In the first article, which appeared in the Oct. 1, 2018 issue of Progressive Dairyman, I focused on the leadership, parenting and mentoring required by parents from birth of their children to the time they do or do not return to the dairy farm business.

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Over the years, I’ve heard just about every reason why a client “needs” to buy the 40 acres next door. Let’s run through a few of them.

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You’re busy – milking cows, feeding cows, managing employees, attending the Royal Winter Fair, etc. With that in mind, Progressive Dairyman introduces this column: “What Happened? What’s Next?” In recognition of your time, we’ll attempt to summarize recent events or actions making dairy headlines that will have an impact on your farm business.

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