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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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Helping my daughter, a high school senior, contemplate no school, no track, no forensics competitions, no prom and maybe no graduation ceremony due to COVID-19 is a hard conversation. As my wife and I have that tough conversation with her, I can’t help but realize that many in the dairy industry may face tough conversations as well in the year ahead.

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The television series Undercover Boss prompts business owners and executives to leave the comfort of their offices for an up-close look at the day-to-day operations of their companies. Whether it’s a restaurant franchise or retail chain, each “boss” is sure to find areas to trim costs, improve efficiencies and boost employee morale. There’s something powerful that happens when they spend time with their boots on the ground, instead of behind a desk.

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When their milking facility burned down in the early ’80s, the Franken family had two choices: They could rebuild or they could shift gears. They chose to shift gears and began custom-raising heifers.

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Crop managers and dairy managers with crops have been planning all winter for planting to arrive. Now it is time to be a doer (plant, spray, etc.). Right? Well, yes and no.

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The labor supply for agriculture has been changing in recent years. Some experts attribute this to stricter U.S. immigration policies and an improved economy in countries where much of the foreign-born agricultural labor originates.

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Financial planning and management is more than keeping track of your checkbook. It includes financial benchmarking and is more relevant today than ever before.

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