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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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Whether it’s a sudden increase in somatic cell count that has left you puzzled or other events such as increasing herd size that may be jeopardizing parlor efficiency, a milking-time evaluation is one way to assess milking routine and machine function to determine where adjustments can be made.

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You’re sitting at your desk and looking over the most recent lab reports from your farm.

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Back when average herd size was 50 cows or fewer, it was easy to manage cows individually. As herd sizes increase, however, it becomes harder to make sure each cow gets the attention she needs. With animal health and reproduction programs that require regular cow handling, individual cow management is even more critical.

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Alfalfa hay and other forage producers often become complacent when they hear the term “risk management.”

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When asked where her milk comes from, the consumer answered matter-of-factly, “The store.” This often-told expression says more about farmers than it does about consumers. As farmers, what we know best is how to produce the greatest and safest food product. It is our world. By showing consumers all of the technology and skills employed to make milk with pride, consumers will answer back in a collective “Ahh!” and will inevitably buy more of our products; no questions asked. Or so we hope.

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Hispanics represent a significant portion of the agricultural workforce in the U.S. Between 1996 and 2000, the number of Hispanic farm workers has nearly doubled from 183,000 to 364,000. These farm workers may or may not have prior livestock experience, but constituted 47.4 percent of farm labor in 2002.

Because only a very small number of farm managers are Hispanic, and Hispanic farm workers are for the most part foreign-born and Spanish-speaking, a communication gap is likely to arise between English-speaking management and Spanish-speaking labor on livestock operations.

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