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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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Think back to all the stuff your parents tried teaching you when you were a kid. How did they get all those “lessons” to eventually sink in?

Here’s how it probably went: Your parents had chores they expected you to do. So they told you what to do. If you were smart, you did them.

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In his book, Leapfrogging, Soren Kaplan reminds us that “the human brain is wired to appreciate positive surprise.” He goes on to say that when we experience such a surprise, three things happen:

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With a little planning and creativity, you can find many affordable, day-to-day opportunities for teaching children valuable financial lessons. Consider these low-cost ways to help instill good financial sense:

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In downtown New York City, men in business suits talk about cows. Actually, they even talk about killing cows – the sacred cows in their businesses.

These figurative sacred cows are things that have been immune to criticism and need to be culled.

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Exposure to deadly silo gases continues to occur wherever silos exist and will continue to be a hazard on the farm as long as silage remains a common feedstuff for livestock.

Exposure to silo gas can cause serious injury: severe respiratory distress, permanent lung damage and, in some cases, death.

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Effective communication between a dairy herd’s advisers can greatly enhance its performance. The herd veterinarian and nutritionist are usually both key individuals that have a vested interest in a dairy’s success, and making sure they are both working together as effective team members to evaluate current programs and set new goals is a mark of most successful dairies.

The interaction and relationship between the nutritionist and veterinarian can be challenging, as their areas of knowledge and expertise often overlap.

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