Management Tips

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

Make a Smooth Transition to New Corn Silage

Make a Smooth Transition to New Corn Silage

7/31/2018

Opening up new silage is commonly associated with a dip in milk production, but the transition can be smoother — and less costly for producers — with a few easy fixes.

Tags: Corn Silage, Management Tips

Be Wary of Cheap Blood Meal

Be Wary of Cheap Blood Meal

7/27/2018

Quality can vary widely, even from the same source.

Tags: Blood Meal, Management Tips

Creating High-Quality Corn Silage

Creating High-Quality Corn Silage

7/16/2018

Corn silage is a valuable source of energy for beef and dairy cattle. Managing the process of turning the corn crop into a high-quality fermented feed can be a profitable transaction, or could be financially devastating.

Tags: Corn Silage, Management Tips

The Art of Controlling Feed Costs

The Art of Controlling Feed Costs

6/12/2018

To reduce feed costs, farmers need to pay attention to both the cost and the feed value of commodities.

Tags: Feed Costs, Feed Management, Management Tips

Five Dairy "Do NOT Do" in 2018

Five Dairy "Do NOT Do" in 2018

5/16/2018

During low milk prices and low margins, producers should make sure they are cutting costs in the right places.

Tags: Management Tips

Keeping the Fresh Group Small May Have Benefits

Keeping the Fresh Group Small May Have Benefits

5/3/2018

The postpartum dairy cow is at high risk of disease and requires ample access to feed and rest. Despite this, a newly fresh cow faces many management and housing changes after calving. In a recent study conducted it was asked if keeping the group size small in the fresh pen reduces competition for feed and freestalls, and improves dairy cow welfare during this sensitive time.

Tags: Management Tips, Tranistion Cows

Optimizing Labor Efficiency

Optimizing Labor Efficiency

4/18/2018

Dairy farms everywhere are operating in a tight economic environment, and it is critical to control expenses and maximize income. Labor represents the second-largest category of expense, after feed, for most dairy farms.

With labor representing such a large share of expense, it’s critical for managers to get the most value from their investment. Managers must focus on the fundamentals of performance management first, then pay attention to the many detailed areas that add up to productivity and profitability at the margin.

Tags: Management Tips, Managing Employees

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

5 Tips to Maximize Dairy Profitability

5 Tips to Maximize Dairy Profitability

4/13/2018

As a dairy producer, you know cost control is important on a dairy, but the ultimate goal is profit. In most cases, when you add more milk, you will gain more profit. This may seem obvious, but many producers automatically assume more milk will come with more costs, such as feed, water, facilities and labor. While this generally will be the case, i.e., costs increase, the value of the added milk is greater than the added costs and thus profits increase.

Tags: Dairy Profitability, Management Tips