Management Tips

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

Variation can unlock profit potential

Variation can unlock profit potential

5/24/2022

The term variation has been deemed a negative in our dairy nutrition tribal language. We need to change our language and understanding of this term. “Variation is an opportunity!”

Variation is attributable to different things, with some being really important to cash flow. The economically meaningful variation comes to light when enough data is collected and trends or impact factors are identified. This variation then becomes something that we can manage to our benefit.

Tags: Management Tips, Markets

First cutting: Resources for success in 2022

First cutting: Resources for success in 2022

5/3/2022

First cutting of a perennial hay crop offers the opportunity to capture high quantity and quality, but timely harvest can be met with a number of obstacles. This fact sheet provides links to several current resources to aid in successful decision making for the upcoming season.

Tags: Harvest, Management Tips

How to feed your dairy herd under extreme volatility

How to feed your dairy herd under extreme volatility

4/28/2022

Volatility: friend or foe?

From labor, to equipment, to dairy supplies, to feed availability, and even prices — volatility is a new normal for us to manage in our dairy businesses. Some have cast volatility in a negative light. However, with change comes opportunity! Remain steadfast in seeking the positive with the undeniably changing dairy business landscape ahead. Despite volatility and changes, there are exciting times ahead for our dairy industry. Consumers throughout the world continue to demand more nutritious dairy protein and butterfat, and our industry is poised to deliver!

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Management Tips

Facility Focus: Back to the Curtain Management Basics

Facility Focus: Back to the Curtain Management Basics

1/13/2022

We’ve reached the time of year when weather conditions once again become cool and damp, causing dairy producers to run toward their facility’s curtains and close buildings up tight. While it might be tempting to batten down the hatches to keep cold air from coming in, lowering ventilation and reducing air exchange is one of the worst things a farmer can do for their animals.

Keeping cows and calves comfortable during the winter months can often feel like a balancing act. According to Mike Wolf, DVM and consulting veterinarian for VES-Artex, finding the right combination between keeping animals warm while also providing adequate air exchange is essential.

Tags: Facility Management, Management Tips

How to Price Standing Hay

How to Price Standing Hay

7/13/2020

Whether you’re buying or selling, pricing a single cutting or a full year’s crop, there are resources available to determine a fair value for standing hay. 

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Are you leaving money on the table?

Are you leaving money on the table?

6/18/2020

When profit margins shrink due to lower milk prices and/or higher input costs, dairy owners may consider changing their feeding and management practices. Based on the economic challenges of 2007 and 2013, factors that can "build the milk check" are outline in this article with guidelines and economic impacts.

Tags: Management Tips, Milk Check

Manage Milking Efficiency

Manage Milking Efficiency

12/26/2019

To reduce mastitis and maintain milk quality, producers need to keep milking equipment in good working condition. However, milking efficiency should be considered from two other perspectives, the amount of time the milking cluster is attached to the udder (unit on time) and the percent of unit on time that milk is flowing at or near maximum. 

Tags: Management Tips, Milk Quality

Here's the No. 1 reason why employees quit their jobs

Here's the No. 1 reason why employees quit their jobs

11/21/2019

If you go to work every day just going through the motions, you aren’t alone. According to Gallup, only 33 percent of employees are engaged at work.

So, how can nearly 70 percent of the workforce be disengaged?

Tags: Management Tips, Managing Employees

Keys to Unlocking Milk Income Potential

5/23/2019

When margins are tight, it’s tempting to take short cuts. But dairy cows have long memories, and shortcuts taken today can have impacts that might not be seen for months or even into the next lactation.

Tags: Management Tips