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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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Subsistence farming, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, is “a system of farming that produces a minimum and often inadequate return to the farmer.”

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Many dairy farmers use their Facebook pages as a tool to share their practices with other farmers and consumers. However, choosing a voice and tone for your page can be difficult. It is important to stand out from the crowd but still get your point across.

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Winter is a good time for reflection. The year 2020 gave us quite a bit to reflect on. As we think about the year and try to learn from it, resist the urge to look over the fence and be jealous of your neighbour who is doing “better than you.”

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Every day, it seems, we hear about a new idea, concept, program or way of thinking that will dramatically improve our lives. Agriculture is a particular target of these new ideas and emerging technologies.

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What is common sense? Does common sense exist? The idea of common sense is that we all use the same sound judgment when making decisions. In other words, everyone else will do what seems obvious to you without being told or taught what to do.

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“Elaine, I am feeling paralyzed and overwhelmed with this farm transfer thing.”

“How do I talk to the kids without emotions running wild?”

“We do fine until we try to get a sit-down family meeting with an agenda, then no one is really honest with what is going on here.”

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