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The facilitator is one of the key roles on any team. Generally, the facilitator should not be someone who is directly involved in the dairy business, but rather can be an off-farm advisor or associate. In many teams, the facilitator may also have a direct advisory role (nutritionist, lender, veterinarian, etc) and so much serve dual roles as both team member and facilitator. Some teams elect to use a facilitator that has no direct connect to the farm such as a local business or community leader, retire business executive, or other non-agricultural professional. Some situations do benefit from a trained facilitator that has no farm expertise but is present simply to manage the team process effectively.
The following are characteristics of a good coordinator:
Note: Some facilitators prefer to assign some tasks to other team members (example: Keep time for meeting, etc.)
Note: Some of these duties may be shared jointly with the producer and other team members, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the facilitator to monitor performance of the team and suggest changes when needed.
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