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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Margins and Cash Flow Impacted Herds Differently - Articles Articles

Margins and Cash Flow Impacted Herds Differently

Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Good decisions can only be made when a farm’s breakeven margin is known and monitored. More
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Simplify Your Financial Records Process - Articles Articles

Simplify Your Financial Records Process

Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

There is great potential in using software to help manage and decipher a business’ financial data. There are key concepts agricultural businesses can consider to simplify the process. More
"Fall Inspirations" by Erin Goodling
Dairy Outlook: November 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: November 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Milk prices appear to be starting a slow, methodical climb. Feed costs remain in flux with harvest and quality uncertainties. More
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Dairy Sense: Milk Income and Ration Perspective for Milk Fat - Articles Articles
A balance between components and volume may be the best strategy to optimize milk income. More
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Train Farm Personnel for Better Animal Health and Fertility - Articles Articles
Training farm personnel has positive impacts on animal well-being and performance, thus increasing overall farm profitability. More
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Dairy Sense: Preparing for Mycotoxin Problems - Articles Articles
Uncooperative weather patterns can increase the occurrence of molds and mycotoxins. Minimize their growth in storage by proper management of harvest, storage, and feed out. More
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Management Opportunities During Challenging Times - Workshops Workshops

Management Opportunities During Challenging Times

01/11/2019

Grove City, PA

Free
The discussion will focus on topics requested by the group. It will provide an opportunity to share strategies, experiences, and ideas with peers regarding dairy management during challenging times. More
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Dairy Outlook: October 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: October 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Current dairy markets are hinting at potential gradual increase in milk price into 2019. Global trade volatility continues to hinder widespread optimism. More
Understanding Dairy Business for the Conservation Professional
Understanding Dairy Business for the Conservation Professional - Workshops Workshops
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The goal of this workshop is to help conservationists better understand the dairy business and become more effective communicators when helping dairy farmers consider and implement conservation practices. More
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Dairy Outlook: September 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: September 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Milk prices remain on the low side of a four-year modest price range. Monitoring a producer's individual price regularly is vital to see trends and potential opportunities at the farm level. More
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Efficient Data Use Key to Maximizing Advisory Team Efforts - Articles Articles
Monitoring too many metrics can limit a team's discussion of current issues. Prioritize key data to make the best use of your team resources. More
Dairy Sense: Getting Those Extra Pounds of Milk
Dairy Sense: Getting Those Extra Pounds of Milk - Articles Articles
Focus on the first 100 days of lactation to find and fix bottlenecks that are limiting milk production. More
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Dairy Sense: What Is Soil Health? - Articles Articles

Dairy Sense: What Is Soil Health?

Virginia A. Ishler

Soil health affects soil fertility and production potential, which affects crop yields, quality, and production costs. More
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Earning the Trust of Hispanic Dairy Employees - Articles Articles
A friendly, trusted work environment can make the difference when trying to attract and retain Hispanic employees. More
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Do Your Cows Know How You Feel About Them? - Articles Articles
Handling, transportation, environment, feed, interactions with other animals, and interactions with humans can stress cattle. Do our attitudes influence factors that can affect profitability? More
Out with the Old and In with the New - It is Feasible
Out with the Old and In with the New - It is Feasible - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Having a Successful Advisory Team Having a Successful Advisory Team - Webinars
Free
Review recent research comparing the goals and subsequent achievements of various Pennsylvania advisory teams in relation to their cohort herds. More
Confidentiality, Liability, and Legal Tangles Confidentiality, Liability, and Legal Tangles - Webinars
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Guest Instructor: Mr. Ross Pifer, Director of the Penn State Agricultural Law Reference and Resource Center. More
2018 USDA, FSA Tariff Aid Program Details Begin to Emerge
2018 USDA, FSA Tariff Aid Program Details Begin to Emerge - News News
Specifics of assistance for farmers announced by the Department of Agriculture. More
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
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