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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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In a world of ever-expanding dairy operations and competitive milk markets, it is easy for farms and dairies to hyper-focus on the numbers. But Banner Ridge Farms in Platteville, Wisconsin, is taking a different approach: focusing on employees who can make their operation work smarter from the inside out.

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Change – a terrifying six-letter word that most people hate. It’s no secret that, whether good or bad, change is difficult. Most of us, just like our cows, like routine. We like to know what to expect, and we like our comfort zones. However, as farmers know very well, change is inevitable. And many times, change is good; we just have to allow ourselves to welcome the change. When it comes to expanding your farm, you need to manage your employees mentally through the expansion as much as the physical expansion itself.

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Gaining an edge in a competitive marketplace requires keeping a keen eye on cost of production and looking for ways to control those factors.

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Regardless of the type of feeding system you have, there are many opportunities to declutter your ration, putting more money in your pocket and simplifying your life.

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In January 2017, the FDA issued new regulations for the use of some medicated feed products in livestock. Antibiotics considered important to human medicine now fall under the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). A VFD is a written authorization from the veterinarian providing oversight of the animals on the farm.

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Can you download an app that will raise financially savvy kids? I would say, more than likely, no. In today’s educational system, many kids can’t or won’t take courses in banking, personal finance or budgeting.

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