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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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In the last week, I have had three discussions about the future of professional development for farm owners and leaders. In each discussion, I have suggested that a part of their professional development in supervision, strategy and leadership should be outside of agriculture. Why would I make that suggestion?

The increasing interconnectedness of our global world, the increasing complexity of our dairy farm businesses and the increasing rate of change are transforming the attitudes and actions required to continue to thrive in an agricultural business.

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There is no doubt that robotic milking is a suitable solution for large dairies, as there are several examples of successful dairies working under different conditions around the world.

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A cooperative team effort is required to keep your herd healthy, producing to potential and profitable.

You, your staff, your nutritionist or feed adviser, other professionals and your veterinarian are all integral parts of your production team.

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I don’t want this article to make me out to be more important or any more special than any other person who visits your dairy, but I have been invited to quite a few dairies over the past 14 years as a hoof trimmer.

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Many dairy families I coach have issues with balancing time for family. Time slips by unless we are very intentional about how we spend it.

This past February, I addressed the Midwest Ag Women’s Conference in Indiana about living an intentional life. Funny thing is, I have been writing and speaking about a so-called balanced life since 1987.

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You’ve probably heard the saying “Life’s a race,” right? So what do you think? Is it? Or do you tend to think of life as more of a journey?

As for me, I’d have to argue that life is a race. Now, I’m not suggesting it’s a sprint; I think it’s more of a marathon. You see, sprinters are focused on burning everything they’ve got right away because it’s all about the short-term payoff. Marathoners, on the other hand, need endurance so they can maintain a steady pace for the long term.

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