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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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After conducting research and in-depth interviews with people in leadership and management roles for more than 20 years, Bruce Tulgan, founder and CEO of RainmakerThinking Inc., has become a leading expert on HR and employee relations.

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The search for efficiency is a journey. As margins tighten, many dairy farmers are taking a magnifying glass to their herds to find cost-saving opportunities.

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I do believe that the period of time to make a farm successful is when the son or daughter is between the ages of 20 and 35. That is when they have the extra energy to make a farm go. However, before making big changes, I suggest that you first set the bar: “You must be this tall to get on the ride.”

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series of articles.

Agricultural operations are increasingly subject to local land use regulations. In the past, agriculture operated in rural areas where land use regulations were rare.

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Any one of these close or far-flung family members could be an owner of your business: Cousin Earl, 88, who inherited 15 shares from Uncle Don. Your sister, who lives and works in Denver with her insurance salesman husband.

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It’s an elite club, but there is no membership list. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension dairy specialist Dave Balbian, the 7-pound “club” isn’t really a club at all.

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