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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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Selecting an employee is among the most important decisions a manager makes. Getting the right person in the right position is crucial for business success. But how can you do that?

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Looking for a few hundred extra dollars? Try beefing-up dairy cull cow condition before marketing.

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Milking labor is a large cost on any dairy farm. Milking routine and parlor design affect the efficiency of milking and the number of cows milked per day for years after construction is completed. This [article] discusses ways to improve milking efficiency, drawing largely on time-motion studies initiated by Dennis Armstrong, University of Arizona.

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Producers retain employees by being good employers. In this column, I will share some thoughts from producers, who I feel are very good employers, along with my observations of why these producers have retained their best employees. I frequent nearly 30 dairies in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, and I have the opportunity to observe and learn from some very good employers.

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As a child growing up on a Midwestern dairy farm, I heard my father tell people, “Farmers are the only crowd that buy everything at retail, sell everything at wholesale, and pay shipping both ways”.

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It is well known that dairy producers face a variety of risks. These include biological factors, adverse weather, unusually large variations in both output and input prices, competition from foreign producers, as well as general fluctuations in national and world economic conditions.

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