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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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Every day dairy producers are presented with the task of managing an efficient, well-run dairy while keeping up with consumer demands for a high-quality product.

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“In the ag industry we have very trusting individuals. Unfortunately, there are individuals out there that want to take advantage of that,” says Ryan Jacobsen, a representative from the Fresno County Farm Bureau.

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We begin our discussion of a complex topic with a simple question: How can I motivate my employees? We propose a simple yet unique answer: You can’t do it alone!

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During tough economic times, it is prudent to evaluate the efficiency of your business. There are many measuring sticks for success, but the most useful during good and bad times is cost per hundredweight generated from accountant summaries.

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When times are tough farmers often ask: “What are the most profitable practices under these conditions?” The answer usually disappoints those who ask it because practices that maximize profitability when “times are good” are the same practices that help maximize profits (or in many cases, minimize losses) when “times are tough.”

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The underlying success of a business agreement depends on healthy family relationships. Probably more two-generation business arrangements fail because of poor family relations than for any other reason.

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