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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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Why should a 21st-century dairy farmer have to approach his business as if he’s still in the 20th century?

Agriculture remains the least-digitized industry, says the McKinsey Global Institute.

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Whether it’s a piece of property or a tractor, once you’ve decided to make an investment in your business, the question then turns to the source of capital to finance that investment. Do you invest your cash? If so, how much?

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Cows don’t like to get stuck in muck. Many stressed-out dairy families are also seeking solutions to get transition plans unstuck and moving again. Fairness is a key challenge in the process.

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For years, we have talked about markets and their behavior. We study supply and demand features. We discuss exports and trade policy. We analyze chart patterns and talk about technical influences. But there remains one element of the market seldom mentioned. There is a particular group of people often left out of the conversation – speculators.

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“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds. They’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Almost every dairy producer has questioned whether it makes sense to hire a custom harvester or complete harvest themselves. Some have done in-depth analyses of the two strategies by considering different financial variables, such as cost of ownership, labor, depreciation, interest, repairs and how their balance sheet would be affected. However, all of that is often thrown out the window in favor of one very tangible and a few intangible considerations.

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