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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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It is clear that digital technologies are the future of dairy farms, and the current coronavirus pandemic will accelerate their adoption. With the advent of COVID-19, it has never been more critical to rethink what and how we do things in dairy.

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As a dairy business consultant, I’m frequently asked two questions:

1. With components contributing most of the pay price, and the high cost of trucking and marketing milk, should I be focusing more on components and less on volume?

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Do you remember your first job? If you’re like roughly half of us in today’s workforce (myself included), you were most likely in your teens, and the job was part time. And if you’re like me, while you earned a little, you learned a lot.

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I recently learned from a large-scale producer that catchy headlines get him to click on farm management articles on his smartphone. I figured if it works to get attention online it should probably work to get a print article read too. Right?

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Labor is a cost. That is a well understood statement by anyone who is a businessperson or is an employee. But what truly are the costs associated with employing people?

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Retail dairy prices and their relation to milk prices are frequent questions at dairy farmer meetings. Using two dairy products found in almost every dairy case, natural cheddar cheese and whole milk, this article examines how retail prices compare to raw milk prices.

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