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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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If you’ve headed home from a dairy meeting full of excitement from talking with friends, meeting new people or discussing technology, you’re not alone. The excitement when meeting with like-minded people who share the same passion is felt at every industry meeting and event.

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What happens if you are cow-rich, land-poor, and your son or daughter hates cows but loves driving tractors?

I had a 500-cow dairy farm where one boy was into the cows, and the other boy did the field work.

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Digital video communication is changing life down on the farm. Dairymen are using the latest technology like never before, enhancing their operations in ways they could not have predicted just a few short years ago.

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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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