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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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If you compare operating a dairy farm to driving a truck, ask yourself where your eyes are focused when you’re behind the wheel. Are you looking ahead, scanning for information both near and distant? Or are you looking in the rearview mirror? For that matter, are you doing all you can to make sure your vehicle is in optimal condition?

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Looking at the possibilities of latest technology on the dairy farm, Kyle O’Brien of Michigan Dairy Technology provided a glimpse into the future with automation in mind at the recent Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference held in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

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You see a patient in a hospital bed on an intravenous drip. All nutrients and energy are fed to the patient through the tubes. The patient doesn’t get up, doesn’t have to move, doesn’t have to buy groceries or fix dinner, much less sit down at a table to fork the food in. Sweet life, right? No effort, all gain? Except that somehow, we know this isn’t ideal – not even close.

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On the first day of work, your new hire is giving you his or her best. The employee wants to impress you and is looking to you for guidance. So why don’t producers give the new employee their best?

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On a dairy farm, obvious challenges surface every day, perhaps a displaced abomasum or mastitic quarter. These problems are readily diagnosed and usually treated successfully.

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Today’s dairy farm cannot be run by one person. To be successful in any industry, teams must be established to keep operations running smoothly. However, teams are a major investment.

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