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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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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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With an equal balance of men and women in the workplace, it’s important for men and women to learn to understand each other and work better together. Whether working on a farm, in a plant or in an office, gender differences are everywhere.

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