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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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I’ve got good news and bad news. First, the good news: The global dairy market cycle has bottomed and is now beginning the process of rebounding. While international demand is finally showing signs of growth, the global supply of milk is also decreasing in every significant milk-producing region outside the U.S. But now the bad news: The recovery is going to be slow.

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Given the past year’s milk prices, times are hard out there right now for even very well-managed dairies. Tough times call for hard conversations and difficult decisions, and my role is often to lead the charge through uncomfortable situations in order to find the best solution for a dairy to work its way back into the black.

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Distracted. Ignorant. Complacent. Challenging. Just some of the reasons one might not make a change. We’ve all been there; motivating change is hard, period. It’s in these times when the saying, “You can lead a horse to water …” really rings true.

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On a regular basis, we meet with clients to review financial and statistical information. Through these meetings, we have the opportunity to analyze many different dairy operations. Although there are several different operating philosophies, there are also common factors we observe in profitable operations.

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On a dairy, we sometimes think it is our life’s work to open and close gates. It can be so routine that we begin to overlook the importance of a good, well-latched gate. We have all seen that telltale sign of gate troubles. You know somewhere a gate was neglected when a fourth-lactation docile high-producing cow dances across the front yard of the barn like a bred heifer.

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Editor’s note: Click here to read this article in Spanish.

In a matter of seconds, one small mistake can change a dairy farmer’s life forever. Did you know human negligence is the major cause of machine-related accidents?

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