Employee Management

How to Create a Short-Term Operating Plan for Your Farm

How to Create a Short-Term Operating Plan for Your Farm

11/7/2022

You wear many hats and keep many farming balls in the air throughout the year. What happens if you or one of the key decision makers is away from the farm for a few weeks or months? Will everyone know exactly what to do when?

Tags: Dairy Operation, Employee Management, Farm Management

Creating Long Term Employees

Creating Long Term Employees

9/27/2022

According to research by Brandon Hall Group, “organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82 percent and productivity by over 70 percent.”  Additional research from Gallup found that, “only 12% of employees strongly agree that their organization does a great job onboarding new employees.”  In a previous article, we discussed the importance of onboarding.  This month, we revisit this topic again.  Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to develop an onboarding program, but in reality, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective.  

Tags: Employee Management, Management Tips

Keeping Silage Season Safe

Keeping Silage Season Safe

9/8/2022

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, corn silage production increased by almost 4.3 million tons over the last five years. That is a lot of silage and a lot of work. Many farmers devote a substantial amount of time and labor into making silage every year. The process can be grueling and sometimes dangerous, especially during hot weather. 

As we enter the silage season, let us pause to identify and acknowledge potential safety hazards. Discussing safety is not “fun,” but it is a necessity for everyone. Safety hazards happen on a 20-cow dairy just as easily as on a 30,000-cow dairy. By the same token, safety hazards affect a farmer with decades of farming experience just as easily as a new employee with no farming experience. Being safe is everyone’s responsibility.

Tags: Corn Silage, Employee Management

Overcoming Dairy’s People Problem

Overcoming Dairy’s People Problem

8/1/2022

Dairy farm’s size continues to grow in the U.S., and this means that the total numbers working in global farming have never been smaller. Farming is hard work and when contrasted with more regular office or industry jobs, many potential farm workers are thinking again. Agriculture is also experiencing its own ‘great resignation’.

So how can we find, train, motivate and keep the best workers to manage our cows?

Tags: 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.

Tags: Employee Management, Labor

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.

Tags: Employee Management, Farm Management