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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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Use a planned approach to bring even greater precision to strategic breeding.

Strategic breeding plans are commonplace among commercial herds. Producers are considering their future goals and breeding different groups of animals to specific types of semen to create the most profitable breeding plan. Beef semen, conventional dairy semen and sexed dairy semen are among the options. Before leaping into a strategic breeding plan, however, it’s important to strategize so the results meet the goals.

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We are all feeling the pinch (or gut punch) of low milk prices these days, but the blow doesn’t have to be as bad as it seems. In fact, it is actually possible to make money right now at a Class III base price of $14 to $15 per hundredweight (cwt).

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New Vision Farms is a unique partnership formed by three Ohio farmers, Rob Rettig, Rick Fruth and Mark Schwiebert, who together came up with a unique collaborative approach that has allowed them to continue a successful farming operation that produces popcorn; fresh market green beans; identity-preserved traited and non-GMO soybeans for seed, export and processing; identity-preserved soft red, hard red and hard white winter wheat for seed and milling; and yellow corn.

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Within the dairy and livestock industry, we spend the majority of our time focused on animal comfort and care. We know this is extremely important; we also know that it is vital to the success of our operations and is highly valued by consumers. But let me ask you this: How much emphasis are we placing on our employees and their comfort and care? Do consumers care? Is it something we should place at a higher level on our management radar?

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When contemplating renting a facility for animals, it can be difficult to know how to calculate the value. There are standardized formats for renting other properties and assets, but no simple formula for computing livestock facilities’ worth.

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Four panelists, representing some of the dairy industry’s leaders in building employee engagement, offered their perspectives at the recent Operations Managers Conference, presented by Cornell PRO-DAIRY and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association. The session was moderated by Dr. Richard Stup, Cornell agricultural workforce specialist. Panelists shared how and why to engage employees and build a positive workplace culture.

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