Employee Management

On-farm employee trainings available for Michigan dairy farms

3/4/2021

The MSU Extension dairy team has multiple employee training programs available for dairy farms in Michigan.

Tags: Employee Management, Farm Management

Would your dairy farm owner team be a winning sports team?

2/8/2021

Although the games are won or lost on the field, the success of any sports program is also determined by the ability of the coach to lead the second team. Success here includes developing the team culture that attracts great players, recruiting players, developing players, aligning players in their best role or position and developing game strategy.

Tags: Employee Management, Farm Management

"If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”

Farm It Out: Delegation Strategies

12/3/2019

“If you want to do a few things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”

These are powerful words from leadership expert John C. Maxwell. We’ve all heard about the benefits of delegation. Yet, few excel at it. As the leader of your farm, it’s critical you spend your time on only key tasks. 

Tags: Employee Management, Management Strategies

Are Your Farm Employees Prepared for Winter Conditions?

Are Your Farm Employees Prepared for Winter Conditions?

2/1/2019

Knowledge and prevention are keyCold and snow create challenges for everyone, especially for immigrant workers who may not be familiar with extreme cold.

Tags: Employee Management, Management Tips; Winter Care

 6 Tips to Improve Communication with Dairy Employees

6 Tips to Improve Communication with Dairy Employees

1/21/2019

The Best Feed Ingredients: Good People and Good Management

It’s great to have tools that are backed by solid science and research to help your herd. But beyond using the right products and working with a great nutritionist to fine tune your feeding program, what are other factors that can significantly impact on your bottom line? I want to discuss the human side of the equation – proper management of the people involved in feeding the cows can help maximize the value of your feeding program.

Tags: Communication, Employee Management

Here's What Dairy Farmers Do To Secure Labor

Here's What Dairy Farmers Do To Secure Labor

10/10/2018

Employee turnover rates over the last 12 months ranged from 11 percent to 44 percent for the majority of the 200 dairy farms included in the UW Cooperative Extension and UW Center for Dairy Profitability farm labor survey. The goal of the survey was to gather data about the farm labor market in Wisconsin. In particular, we wanted to learn about turnover rates and the current sources of labor.

Tags: Employee Management, Labor Issues

Recruiting and Retaining Good Employees: Strategies That Work

Recruiting and Retaining Good Employees: Strategies That Work

8/9/2018

Let’s face it, finding and retaining good employees is becoming a major hurdle on many dairy farms. The economy is picking up, which leads to more competition for employees. Baby boomers are retiring at a pace faster than new employees entering the workforce, making the labor pool smaller. Many dairy farms are having a harder time finding Latino labor due to their unease with the current political landscape. These factors, among many others, limit a farm’s ability to find good employees.

Tags: Employee Management, Management Tips

Helping Employees Through Low Milk Prices

Helping Employees Through Low Milk Prices

4/17/2018

The challenging times brought about by depressed milk prices have been felt by all in the dairy industry. While it may affect farm owners most directly, the results have their way of trickling down through the farm. If they haven’t already, your employees are likely to be affected by these lean times as well.

Tags: Employee Management, Management Tips