Labor management

Your employees play a key role in your dairy’s success. Learn more about how to get the most from your workforce.
Have you ever wondered why connecting with some people at the dairy might be easier than with others? more
Tom Strause, DVM, Stateline Veterinary Service in Darien, Wisconsin, explains how he is just as responsible as the producer for avoiding residue violations. more
Your people are your greatest asset. But they also can be your greatest liability if not properly led or, as I prefer to say, inspired.more
Properly treating cows is important to avoid drug residues. Treat your cows successfully with these seven tips. more
Are you having challenges with your team and don’t understand why? It might be a sign you need a strategic business plan.more

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Managing personalities

You know cows. You know how to handle and milk cows and monitor herd health. You also know each has an individual personality and those personalities can change from day to day. Understanding these things is what makes you great and successful in your job on the dairy. But what if you also are leadi... more

Follow these residue avoidance best practices in action

As a veterinarian, I feel just as responsible as the producers I serve for ensuring medications and treatment protocols I prescribe are used judiciously. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were to notify one of my clients of a residue violation, I would feel like I let them down. Veterin... more

Disengaged employee

Are your employees passionate? Do they come to work every day enthusiastic and eager to contribute to the dairy’s success? If not, you could be missing one of the biggest opportunities to improve performance and profitability at your dairy. It might not seem like a big deal to have a few disen... more

Seven tips for proper treatments

Your cows deserve the best care. If a cows becomes ill, it is the responsibility of the employees on the dairy, in conjunction with the herd veterinarian, to properly treat the animal and use medicines according to the label to bring her back to good health. When cows get sick following these tips w... more

A plan for your dairy

You might be thinking, “I have a plan, and it’s just collecting dust on my office shelf.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “I know planning is important, but it’s not the first thing we need at the dairy.” How do you know when you need a plan? Review this list to d... more

Sugar Creek Farm virtual farm tour

Peer farm tours are great, but finding the time for them is another story. Well, we’ve got you covered. See how Sugar Creek Farms from New London, WI has implemented new technologies to enhance their operation. Owner Mike Bruette and Jeff Hanschke open up their operation and share their farm's... more

Assess your team

You know all about monitoring signs for challenges in a fresh cow. But what about monitoring your employees? Do you know how to spot weaknesses on your team? A successful dairy needs healthy animals and employees. Seven areas to monitor The strategy. Is everyone clear about the organizational object... more

Motivate your people to increase or improve milk quality

How do you normally respond to a milk quality challenge on your dairy? By retraining milkers? Changing teat dip or mastitis treatment? Changing procedures? These might be temporary fixes, but they often aren’t a solution to the problem. Real, lasting change comes from an engaged workforce moti... more

Eyeballing health treatment? Take a second look.

How often do you or your dairy employees stop treatment because a cow looks better? If your herd manager or person responsible for administering treatment doesn’t show up to work, do your health records provide enough information for someone to pick up where they left off? Following treatment ... more

Managing for change

How often do you improve how you lead? If you never change your leadership style, your employees and dairy also will never change. Employees won’t grow. You might even be contributing to recurring problems. The dairy will run just the same as it always has. Your team won’t be inspired. W... more

Terrible boss

The recent Labor Day holiday is a great reminder to celebrate your employees and the important contribution they make to your operation. But are your employees celebrating you every day? The top reason employees either become engaged, or disengaged, in their work is directly related to their relatio... 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 and a... 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 year... 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 milk prod... 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. Maybe you p... 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 achievabl... 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 h... 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 them ... 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 onboa... 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 this pr... 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 are: Inc... 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 who ... 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 avoiding... 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 emplo... more

Eyeballing health treatment? Take a second look.

How often do you or your dairy employees stop treatment because a cow looks better? If your herd manager or person responsible for administering treatment doesn’t show up to work, do your health records provide enough information for someone to pick up where they left off? Following treatment ... 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 who ... 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 avoiding... 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) are a g... more

Managing personalities

You know cows. You know how to handle and milk cows and monitor herd health. You also know each has an individual personality and those personalities can change from day to day. Understanding these things is what makes you great and successful in your job on the dairy. But what if you also are leadi... more

Follow these residue avoidance best practices in action

As a veterinarian, I feel just as responsible as the producers I serve for ensuring medications and treatment protocols I prescribe are used judiciously. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were to notify one of my clients of a residue violation, I would feel like I let them down. Veterin... more

Disengaged employee

Are your employees passionate? Do they come to work every day enthusiastic and eager to contribute to the dairy’s success? If not, you could be missing one of the biggest opportunities to improve performance and profitability at your dairy. It might not seem like a big deal to have a few disen... more

Seven tips for proper treatments

Your cows deserve the best care. If a cows becomes ill, it is the responsibility of the employees on the dairy, in conjunction with the herd veterinarian, to properly treat the animal and use medicines according to the label to bring her back to good health. When cows get sick following these tips w... more

A plan for your dairy

You might be thinking, “I have a plan, and it’s just collecting dust on my office shelf.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “I know planning is important, but it’s not the first thing we need at the dairy.” How do you know when you need a plan? Review this list to d... more

Sugar Creek Farm virtual farm tour

Peer farm tours are great, but finding the time for them is another story. Well, we’ve got you covered. See how Sugar Creek Farms from New London, WI has implemented new technologies to enhance their operation. Owner Mike Bruette and Jeff Hanschke open up their operation and share their farm's... more

Assess your team

You know all about monitoring signs for challenges in a fresh cow. But what about monitoring your employees? Do you know how to spot weaknesses on your team? A successful dairy needs healthy animals and employees. Seven areas to monitor The strategy. Is everyone clear about the organizational object... more

Motivate your people to increase or improve milk quality

How do you normally respond to a milk quality challenge on your dairy? By retraining milkers? Changing teat dip or mastitis treatment? Changing procedures? These might be temporary fixes, but they often aren’t a solution to the problem. Real, lasting change comes from an engaged workforce moti... more

Eyeballing health treatment? Take a second look.

How often do you or your dairy employees stop treatment because a cow looks better? If your herd manager or person responsible for administering treatment doesn’t show up to work, do your health records provide enough information for someone to pick up where they left off? Following treatment ... more

Managing for change

How often do you improve how you lead? If you never change your leadership style, your employees and dairy also will never change. Employees won’t grow. You might even be contributing to recurring problems. The dairy will run just the same as it always has. Your team won’t be inspired. W... more

Terrible boss

The recent Labor Day holiday is a great reminder to celebrate your employees and the important contribution they make to your operation. But are your employees celebrating you every day? The top reason employees either become engaged, or disengaged, in their work is directly related to their relatio... 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 and a... 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 year... 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 milk prod... 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. Maybe you p... 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 achievabl... 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 h... 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 them ... 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 onboa... 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 this pr... 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 are: Inc... 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 emplo... more

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