Management Tips

Teach Employees What They Don't Know They Need

Teach Employees What They Don't Know They Need

2/19/2018

You’ve probably gone through various training scenarios with your employee teams and feel like your employees have the skills and knowledge to fulfill their job duties. Employees themselves might think they’re prepared as well. But in a study published in Harvard Business Review of employees across an array of industries, between 20% and 40% of employees are actually “unconsciously incompetent.” That is, your employees might think they know what they’re doing, but they actually don’t.

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Labor on dairy farms is an issue as farms keep getting bigger.

So You Need Some Extra Labor Force on the Farm?

2/13/2018

As the American farm continues to grow and evolve, the need for extra labor within these operations is also exhibiting the same parallel trend. Unfortunately, many of us as agriculture producers did not sign on to become human resource managers, when we entered into the occupation of agricultural production.

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Good Mixer Loading, Better TMR Consistency

Good Mixer Loading, Better TMR Consistency

2/5/2018

Proper loading plays a big role in mixing performance.

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Management Tips, TMR

Know Your Cost of Production Going Into 2018

Know Your Cost of Production Going Into 2018

1/19/2018

Class III futures are averaging $14.69 through 2018. So this new year doesn’t look anything like 2009, or does it?

Tags: Feed Costs, Management Tips

Evaluation of Silages: What a Feed Test Means

Evaluation of Silages: What a Feed Test Means

1/15/2018

There a few factors that are important as producers start to look at the key features in a lab analysis that might be important to help them make decisions about how to use silages in a particular diet and the value of those silages.

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4 Steps to Lower Feed Costs

4 Steps to Lower Feed Costs

1/10/2018

Emotional decisions that impact cash flow can hurt more today than when prices are higher. During low milk prices, decisions are driven with emotion, but today it needs to be different. Decisions must be measured and well thought out.

Because feed costs are typically 50% to 60% of total operating expenses, we need to generate the most milk margin per cow while maintaining health and reproduction. Decisions on how to feed cows should be made with those objectives in mind.

Tags: Feed Costs, Feeding Strategies, Management Tips

How to Keep OSHA From Meddling in Your Farm's Safety Program

How to Keep OSHA From Meddling in Your Farm's Safety Program

12/28/2017

Farm safety is not always at the top of the worker’s mind, especially when time is of the essence during the most critical times of the year, like planting and harvest. Due to more movement, often longer hours and increased machine operation, these times tend to be the most dangerous.

The words “farm safety” often brings the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to mind, and that makes very few people excited.

Tags: Farm Safety, Management Tips

Undercover Videos Aren't Going Away, Here's How to Protect Yourself

Undercover Videos Aren't Going Away, Here's How to Protect Yourself

12/22/2017

Over the last couple of months, an animal activist group released undercover videos shot on dairy farms. These investigative videos show damaging images. At the end of the video the group asks the viewers to say, “no to all dairy products ... choose a plant based diet.”

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Forage Analysis: What Numbers Do I Need

Forage Analysis: What Numbers Do I Need

12/6/2017

One the more common questions with regard to analytical testing of forages and other feedstuffs is, “I have the sample, now what do I test for or what analysis package should I select?”

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Five Steps to Winter Farm Prep

Five Steps to Winter Farm Prep

11/29/2017

Winter brings frozen water buckets, mounds of snow, slippery ice and cold temperatures. These conditions can make it a challenging season for you and your animals. Before old man winter starts knocking on your door, take advantage of the remaining fall days to prepare your farm for winter’s chill.

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