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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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Ask a dairyman what keeps him or her up at night, and chances are it will be one of these issues:

  • How will I afford to keep renting land at sky-high rates?
  • Who is going to milk my cows?

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In late October and early November 2016, I led a group from the American Forage and Grassland Council on a tour of New Zealand. The goal for our trip was to foster more of a connection with our colleagues and counterparts while learning more about their livestock industries.

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Producing milk to fit the demands of today’s consumers should be a central focus of the nutritionist, producer and milk processor alike. Advances in milk processing, such as ultrafiltration, have allowed for unique product offerings that target the high-protein, reduced-sugar, lactose-free market.

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It takes millions to get into farming. You either have to win the lottery or you depend on the hefty support of your family, which is sometimes like winning the lottery. Sure, there are stories of guys getting into the industry on their own, but those stories are getting to be rare and often when told are just that: stories.

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Technology that informs a self-driving car what a pedestrian looks like or that alerts you which of your friends are in a photo you posted on Facebook is coming to dairy farms. The technology could soon help dairy farmers detect estrus, monitor feed intake and predict when a cow is not feeling well.

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In the big game this Sunday afternoon, highly trained players will coordinate their activities as precisely as they can against the onslaught of the other team. If all goes according to plan, the quarterback may throw the ball to a certain spot on the field where his receiver is supposed to be at just the right time. They call it teamwork. It is a thing of beauty when it happens!

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