Question of the month...
...I have just recently taken a position as a farm manager. Although i am pretty good at working with cows, i am not very experienced at being a manager, do you have some suggestions that may help me out? or know where i can learn more about managing a large dairy farm?
... Managing a dairy, especially a large dairy, is a very exciting position, yet it can also be challenging. It is not as much about managing cows but mostly it is about managing people and processes. Most of the large successful dairies, use what is called Dairy Systems Management. When implimenting Systems Management on your dairy it makes it much easier to manage and creates consistant results which leads to many benifits and higher production. Probably the best Dairy Systems Management program is from "Dairy Mapping" www.dairymapping.com . At Dairy Mapping, they make it very easy to implement the system, and provide a complete guidebook and CD with 100's of examples. Plus they offer dairy management training and assistance to farms both in the USA and internationally. Two other good programs are "Dairy On Time" www.dairyontime.com and "Dairy Works" www.dairyworks.com. I would highly encourage any dairy manager to incorporate this type of management system at their dairy. And it will definitely help you as a new manager be very successful !
10 tips for supervising dairy employees...
1. Hire carefully. Hire attitude; Teach skills. You are better off with an employee who has a good attitude and really wants the job than one with a bad attitude who may be more knowledgeable and experienced. An employee with a good attitude can be taught how to do most anything. But an employee with a bad attitude will be hard to train on anything.
2. Establish standards in the workplace. Communicate your expectations. Make it clear what is expected from how they handle cows, to how they do their job.
Training - When to breed
Timing of insemination is very important to the success of any reproduction program. Click the following link for an easy to read chart.
Correct timing of insemination
Management - Problem Solving: 5 why's
The 5 Whys is a simple problem-solving technique that helps users to get to the root of the problem quickly. Made popular in the 1970s by the Toyota Production System, the 5 Whys strategy involves looking at any problem and asking: "Why?" and "What caused this problem?"
Dale Carnegie - Quote of the month...
“Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.”
Preparation is essential to the delivery of an effective presentation. Here are some tips on planning your presentations:
- Know your audience and what they want to get out of your presentation
- Determine the purpose of your presentation and state it clearly
- Thoroughly research the topic about which you are speaking
- Give your presentation a logical format and structure