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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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Pre-employment assessments and internal surveys are not commonly used tools on dairies, typically due to informal on-farm recruiting and retention practices. However, these resources can provide relevant information about the job performance abilities of an applicant or an existing employee.

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How you view employees probably requires a mindset shift. Why? Traditional accounting has taught us that labor is a cost item on a profit and loss statement and not an asset on a balance sheet.

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Change is hard. Most of us are hardwired to maintain relationships as long as possible. But there are times when we have to make a change. The reasons may vary, but when it is time to go, it is time to go.

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A young audience member came up to me at a conference I was set to speak at last year and said (I’m paraphrasing, but not much): “Richard, I’ve read the conference program, and I see that you’re going to be speaking on employee engagement later today.

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As the co-author of Farming’s In-Law Factor, I spent a year of Tuesdays researching, interviewing and asking tough questions about marriage on the farm.

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