Employee Management

Effective Employee Management

Effective Employee Management

6/29/2022

The average number of dairy cows per farm continues to increase.

Ironically, as dairy profit margins become tighter, many farms add cows and production to generate minimum levels of income needed to stay in business.

As cow numbers increase, so do labor needs and as a result, most dairy farm owners find themselves in the position of managing employees.

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Laying the Foundation For Your Team's Future Success

Laying the Foundation For Your Team's Future Success

3/31/2022

With unemployment rates below 5% again, labor shortages are prominent. In addition to scarce numbers of candidates, the need to find and retain good employees is further threatened by turnover, injuries, poor performance and noncompliance with regulations.

In that labor environment, it’s important to make the best out of every employment relationship – from the start – to successfully operate a dairy business. High-level, planned onboarding can increase each employee’s perceived organizational support, organization commitment and job satisfaction.

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Dairy Farm Labor: Cost, efficiency, and change from 2011 to 2021

10/25/2021

New York is not Michigan. However, the states are very similar in dairy production and labor conditions.

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Use Data to Give Feedback to Employees

9/17/2021

Recording data is an essential part of dairying and comes in many forms. Data can be important for employee management – specifically for feedback.

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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.

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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.

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"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. 

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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.

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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