Labor management

Your employees play a key role in your dairy’s success. Learn more about how to get the most from your workforce.
Are you celebrating your employees this Labor Day and every day? Here are some tips from three California dairy managers.more
You’re a beef producer, too, and a direct link to the food chain. Learn why responsible drug use is critical to maintain consumer confidence.more
Dairy Wellness, dairy success and dairy teamwork depend on dairy employees who practice strong communication and collaboration.more
Is your management style reactive or proactive? The difference means a lot to your dairy.more
Here’s a helpful starting point for growing your team: Interview your existing employees with these questions.more
Are your employees eager to come to work each day? Showing them where the dairy is going can keep them motivated. more
Proper training makes employees engaged and productive on your dairy.more
Help your employees understand why following protocols is important.more
Do your employees have the right skills to be good leaders? Invest in management training.more

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Matt Lawrence

Labor Day is often celebrated with a barbeque to mark the end of summer. But let’s remember, it’s also a great time to recognize the efforts of your hardworking dairy team. Since 1882 , the “workingmen and women’s holiday” is an annual tribute to the contributions an... more

Produce milk and meat responsibly

As a dairy producer, you’re a beef producer, too, and a direct link to the food chain. Market dairy cows are responsible for 18% of total ground beef production per year — enough to provide more than 28 quarter-pound burgers for every man, woman and child in the United States every ye... more

Inspire your employees to improve your bottom line.

With everything that happens on a dairy every day, it’s easy to forget the importance of good communication. Poor communication can frustrate you and your employees. Failure to identify and correct communication breakdowns can hurt your dairy. Think improper use of antibiotics, lower m... more

Is your management style reactive or proactive? The difference means a lot to your dairy.

Managing people is challenging. But let’s be honest: Your management style might be contributing to some of the recurring problems at your dairy. Perhaps you have a somatic cell count issue that keeps surfacing. You try to solve it by retraining milkers on proper parlor procedures. May... more

Make resolutions to improve performance

One of the only ways to stick to your New Year’s resolutions is to write them down. When it comes to your dairy, writing those resolutions down is even more important when they include your goals for the year.  For goals to be successful, they need to be specific, measurable and achie... more

Hear stories of success with PeopleFirst

The people you hire, no matter how qualified, can take your dairy in the wrong direction if their goals differ from the operation’s. You can prevent that from happening by taking time to evaluate the goals of your operation and your employees. Interview your current employees first. They can ... more

Get employees excited.

Many things can motivate employees at work. But above all, it’s their manager who has the biggest influence on them. How can managers keep employees motivated and excited about their job at the dairy? By making sure they understand the vision and direction of the operation. This can help... more

Labor training is important.

Finding time in a busy workday to train employees can be difficult. But training is essential to keep things running smoothly and reduce risk on the dairy. New employees who join the operation need proper training and education for a smooth transition into the workplace, which also is known as onbo... more

Training for protocol compliance.

Do you know how your employees are administering treatments to your cows? Are they following protocols? How do you know? Dairies are a place of perpetual motion. It can be difficult to find time for meetings to make sure everyone is staying on the same page with treatment protocols. To avoid t... more

Managing people is a challenge for dairies

Staffing and personnel issues are second only to unpredictable milk and commodity pricing on the list of major challenges facing agriculture businesses today, according to a 2009 survey of large dairies and feedlots. 1 Managing people is a challenge for dairies. Signs of management problems ar... more

Take the proper steps to protect your dairy and restore the animal to full health.

Drug residues are caused by mistakes made at the farm level. You can take steps to make sure you don’t cause one. Reduce the chances of residue violation at your dairy by working with your manager and the herd’s veterinarian and following the approved treatment protocols. As someone wh... more

Milkers have a key role in preventing a drug residue.

Milkers have a key role in preventing a drug residue. We know that nearly all violative residues are caused by accidents on the dairy. These mistakes can be costly in the form of fines, prosecution and a loss of a permit to ship milk.  As a milker, you are the first line of defense for av... more

High employee turnover can damage dairy wellness

When employees leave, dairy owners often scramble to find replacements and hire the first people who come to the door. If the fit isn’t right, those employees will leave, and owners will soon find themselves looking for new help. High employee turnover can damage dairy wellness. Each new... more

Successful reproduction requires absolute commitment.

Getting cows pregnant takes a full commitment from the team at the dairy. If any one part of a program begins to slip, cows won’t become pregnant, and you might find yourself in a difficult position. Synchronization protocols (Link to Synchronization program improve breeding blog post) a... more

Take the proper steps to protect your dairy and restore the animal to full health.

Drug residues are caused by mistakes made at the farm level. You can take steps to make sure you don’t cause one. Reduce the chances of residue violation at your dairy by working with your manager and the herd’s veterinarian and following the approved treatment protocols. As someone wh... more

Milkers have a key role in preventing a drug residue.

Milkers have a key role in preventing a drug residue. We know that nearly all violative residues are caused by accidents on the dairy. These mistakes can be costly in the form of fines, prosecution and a loss of a permit to ship milk.  As a milker, you are the first line of defense for av... more

Successful reproduction requires absolute commitment.

Getting cows pregnant takes a full commitment from the team at the dairy. If any one part of a program begins to slip, cows won’t become pregnant, and you might find yourself in a difficult position. Synchronization protocols (Link to Synchronization program improve breeding blog post) a... more

Matt Lawrence

Labor Day is often celebrated with a barbeque to mark the end of summer. But let’s remember, it’s also a great time to recognize the efforts of your hardworking dairy team. Since 1882 , the “workingmen and women’s holiday” is an annual tribute to the contributions an... more

Produce milk and meat responsibly

As a dairy producer, you’re a beef producer, too, and a direct link to the food chain. Market dairy cows are responsible for 18% of total ground beef production per year — enough to provide more than 28 quarter-pound burgers for every man, woman and child in the United States every ye... more

Inspire your employees to improve your bottom line.

With everything that happens on a dairy every day, it’s easy to forget the importance of good communication. Poor communication can frustrate you and your employees. Failure to identify and correct communication breakdowns can hurt your dairy. Think improper use of antibiotics, lower m... more

Is your management style reactive or proactive? The difference means a lot to your dairy.

Managing people is challenging. But let’s be honest: Your management style might be contributing to some of the recurring problems at your dairy. Perhaps you have a somatic cell count issue that keeps surfacing. You try to solve it by retraining milkers on proper parlor procedures. May... more

Make resolutions to improve performance

One of the only ways to stick to your New Year’s resolutions is to write them down. When it comes to your dairy, writing those resolutions down is even more important when they include your goals for the year.  For goals to be successful, they need to be specific, measurable and achie... more

Hear stories of success with PeopleFirst

The people you hire, no matter how qualified, can take your dairy in the wrong direction if their goals differ from the operation’s. You can prevent that from happening by taking time to evaluate the goals of your operation and your employees. Interview your current employees first. They can ... more

Get employees excited.

Many things can motivate employees at work. But above all, it’s their manager who has the biggest influence on them. How can managers keep employees motivated and excited about their job at the dairy? By making sure they understand the vision and direction of the operation. This can help... more

Labor training is important.

Finding time in a busy workday to train employees can be difficult. But training is essential to keep things running smoothly and reduce risk on the dairy. New employees who join the operation need proper training and education for a smooth transition into the workplace, which also is known as onbo... more

Training for protocol compliance.

Do you know how your employees are administering treatments to your cows? Are they following protocols? How do you know? Dairies are a place of perpetual motion. It can be difficult to find time for meetings to make sure everyone is staying on the same page with treatment protocols. To avoid t... more

Managing people is a challenge for dairies

Staffing and personnel issues are second only to unpredictable milk and commodity pricing on the list of major challenges facing agriculture businesses today, according to a 2009 survey of large dairies and feedlots. 1 Managing people is a challenge for dairies. Signs of management problems ar... more

High employee turnover can damage dairy wellness

When employees leave, dairy owners often scramble to find replacements and hire the first people who come to the door. If the fit isn’t right, those employees will leave, and owners will soon find themselves looking for new help. High employee turnover can damage dairy wellness. Each new... more

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