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In your own words: ‘Name a goal you have for your dairy operation in 2014.’

Published on 11 March 2014

Diane and Wendell Loew

Diane and Wendell Loew
Dairy producers
Byron Center, Michigan

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Diane: “My goal is to pass on the leadership skills and the negotiation skills that we’re learning to our sons so that they can continue the farm and live together peaceably, agreeably and prosperously. We’ve worked really hard to get (the farm) to this point, and we really would like to see it continue and keep everybody happy and healthy.”

Jim Mlsna

Jim Mlsna
Dairy producer
Hillsboro, Wisconsin

“I’m from Wisconsin, and one of our goals is to build a heated shop because we’re tired of working in the cold fixing things. As far as management, one of our goals is to build a better team where we openly care about each other more.

As far as the family, that’s pretty easy to do, but with the non-family employees it’s a little bit harder, and that’s where we have to work. I’d like to try to get the family members to encourage the employees to have the same values that we have.”

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Marinus Noordam

Marinus Noordam
Dairy producer
Mount Angel, Oregon

“My goal would be to get unity and satisfaction with the people we work with, to create a mission statement and to work towards a common goal where we all go in the same direction and enjoy a good standard of living.”

Steve Shehadey

Steve Shehadey
Dairy producer
Kerman, California

“The goal for our operation in 2014 would be to empower our managers. I want to help our managers and supervisors to become better leaders and to take charge and improve. My goal as a manager is to develop my managers so that they can grow and do more.”

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Mervin Zook

Mervin Zook
Dairy producer
Gap, Pennsylvania

“I’m hoping to achieve more milk through better forages, though I’m focusing more on achieving higher proteins and fats (not necessarily production) because that’s what’s driving the milk price in our area right now.”

Ethan Schoonover

Ethan Schoonover
Student, Delaware Valley College
Hometown: Sellersville, Pennsylvania

“I’m a student right now, but someday I hope to have a good crop of cows developed through an excellent breeding program. I’ll also be striving for a low somatic cell count.”

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