Business Management

Good business management skills are essential as the dairy cattle industry increases in complexity. Find spreadsheets, dairy herd metrics, tips on record-keeping and cash-flow planning. Find advice on modernization, pricing and milk futures.

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Bringing the Right People to the Table Bringing the Right People to the Table - Webinars
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Recorded webinar from the "Friday Facilitators Forum" series. More
Best Milking Practices: Changing Practices to Lower SCC and Improve Milk Quality
Best Milking Practices: Changing Practices to Lower SCC and Improve Milk Quality - Webinars Webinars
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Recorded webinar from the "Tools for Teams" series. More
Calculating Heifer Costs on Your Farm
Calculating Heifer Costs on Your Farm - Webinars Webinars
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Recorded webinar from the "Tools for Teams" series. More
Farm and Ranch Legacy Planning: Don't Leave it to Chance!
Farm and Ranch Legacy Planning: Don't Leave it to Chance! - Webinars Webinars
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Recorded webinar from the "Tools for Teams" series. More
Managing Milk Components and Volume for Profitable Dairy Producers
Managing Milk Components and Volume for Profitable Dairy Producers - Webinars Webinars
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Recorded webinar from the "Tools for Teams" series. More
Navigating Dairy Advisory Teams through DHI Records
Navigating Dairy Advisory Teams through DHI Records - Webinars Webinars
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Advisory teams can easily be inundated with data when trying to investigate and monitor their goals and objectives. More
Reproduction Management Strengths and Weaknesses for Evaluation
Reproduction Management Strengths and Weaknesses for Evaluation - Webinars Webinars
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Recorded webinar from the "Tools for Teams" series. More
Team Talk: Working Together to Achieve Outstanding Results
Team Talk: Working Together to Achieve Outstanding Results - Webinars Webinars
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Learn why teams are useful for improving dairy farm management, and how productive "team talk" can lead to new ideas, better ways of operating and positive changes to the bottom line. More
The Power of Benchmarking
The Power of Benchmarking - Webinars Webinars
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Understand how benchmarking can help you and your team reach effective decisions to maximize profitability. More
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Recognizing Mental Health Disorders - Articles Articles
Information on how to recognize signs of poor mental health and resources for help and support. More
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Dairy Sense: Feed Costs—The Big Player in Profitability - Articles Articles
Keeping feed costs in line with milk production can help you maintain a competitive margin, and there are several ways to achieve this goal. More
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Dairy Sense: Managing Family Living Expenses - Articles Articles
Taking an owner draw that exceeds milk income can create financial strain. Here's a simple method to calculate what the operation can cover for family living expenses. More
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Dairy Outlook: June 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: June 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Milk price continued slow climb, but milk margins remain tight. Current tumultuous environment in global trade may limit long term progress. More
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Dairy Outlook: May 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: May 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Long term survival of a dairy operation will hinge on management’s ability to find ways to push the cost of production below $17.50/cwt while maintaining some level of reinvestment in the operation. More
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Dairy Sense: The “Other” Enterprise on Dairies - Articles Articles
If forage needs for the herd are being met, crop sales may offer an additional revenue stream for dairy farms. More
Photo by Lynn Betts, USDA NRCS
Dairy Sense: Fixing Broken Financials - Articles Articles
Troubleshooting financials begins with evaluating liquidity, solvency, efficiency and profitability. This will require updating the income statement, cash flow and balance sheets. More
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Dairy Outlook: April 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: April 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Pennsylvania dairy cash flows continue to be upside down as income over feed cost and milk margins shrink and are below breakeven levels. More
Dairy Business Improvement & Planning Conference
Dairy Business Improvement & Planning Conference - Conferences Conferences

Dairy Business Improvement & Planning Conference

11/07/2018

Grantville, PA

$249.00
This event will help participants take a realistic look at their business, consider alternatives, and develop their own formula for success. More
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Dairy Outlook: March 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: March 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

With cow numbers steady, increasing domestic milk production, robust inventory of dairy products, and other factors, there are no market signals to indicate strength for future milk prices. More
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Dairy Outlook: February 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: February 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

All milk price for December 2017 showed the anticipated drop from the previous month. Feed price were steady, created a slightly smaller Income over Feed Cost opportunity. More
Keeping a Workforce Motivated Takes More Than Just Money
Keeping a Workforce Motivated Takes More Than Just Money - Articles Articles
When considering ways to boost profits, do not overlook the assets you have in people. More
Dairy Sense: Formula to Profitability is MBA
Dairy Sense: Formula to Profitability is MBA - Articles Articles
Successful farms implement good management practices, find balance in their various enterprises, and invest in appropriate assets. More
Dairy Sense: Qualifying for the Six Pound Club
Dairy Sense: Qualifying for the Six Pound Club - Articles Articles
Increasing milk components can boost milk price even if milk volume stays the same. More
Workforce Focus: "When will I get a raise?"
Workforce Focus: "When will I get a raise?" - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Dry Cow Management for a Better Start
Dry Cow Management for a Better Start - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
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