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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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Recruitment and selection are not the fondest areas of work for most dairy farm managers, leaders and owners. It, therefore, is important to productively focus your energies.

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Farmers know a lot about the microscopic elements affecting the health of their dairy herds and crops. As researchers at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Marshfield, Wisconsin, we are taking a fresh look at agricultural microbiomes (the clusters of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live together) in different farm environments.

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Cows don’t like to get stuck in muck. Many stressed-out dairy families are also seeking solutions to get transition plans unstuck and moving again. Fairness is a key challenge in the process.

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Two of the main areas that need to be addressed to set a farm up for a successful future are succession planning and employee management. The plan to transition the farm from one generation to the next can either help or hurt a dairy operation, as can the strength and loyalty of the farm’s workforce.

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On April 5, four young dairy producers from across the country participated in a panel presentation at the Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford, Ontario. They discussed how they started in farming, their plans for the future and their thoughts on the industry.

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An idea to educate their city friends about life on the farm transformed the Peterson Farm Brothers from Assaria, Kansas, into internet sensations and advocates for agriculture around the world.

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