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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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Even with dramatic increases in productivity in the past 50 years, every dairy farm still has opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability. One way to do this is to harness and make sense of your farm’s data. Many dairies already collect much of this data, but never use it to the extent it could be used.

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In a time filled with new ways to look at data, it’s easy to fall into a space of data overload. On dairy farms, there are several data management software programs to choose from, with multiple ways to look at hundreds of metrics on your farm.

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On any farm, sometimes it is more about having “enough” employees than it is about having the “right” employees. Seeking out and hiring that quality person who possesses the optimal skill set, positive attitude and genuine work ethic you are striving for can feel like a daunting task.

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Jennifer Walker is a former dairy veterinarian who is now the director of quality and care for Danone North America. She oversees Danone's milk quality and animal welfare programs for the 700 U.S. dairy farms that supply the company’s milk. In short, she says her job is to "make sure the cows are happy, and the milk is awesome."

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Winter brings severe weather and cold temperatures that create hazards on your dairy. Snow, ice and sleet are unavoidable – but injuries are, so create a winter safety plan to be proactive about your dairy’s safety this winter.

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“Succession planning would be considerably less difficult if the long-term stability of the agricultural industry was more predictable. Given the current hurdles, long-term profitability is very uncertain. I do not wish to transfer an operation which has a low chance to succeed,” wrote a farm survey respondent recently.

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