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What is a Dairy Advisory Team?
A Dairy Advisory Team works together with farm managers to develop new ideas, set goals, develop an action plan, and achieve a fresh vital vision for the farm.
What will it cost me?
Some of your farm advisors might charge by the hour, but only you will know which ones and their rates, based on your individual negotiations with them. To lower your costs, the veterinarian or accountant might make the regular farm visit coincide with the team meeting. Some team advisors might be willing to serve on the team in return for your use of their services or products.
Who will be on my team?
The dairy producer decides who will be on their team. Teams often include veterinarians, lenders, nutritionists, extension educators, accountants, partners, experienced producers, consultants, and farm business management experts. Some producers have a three- to eight-person advisory team, and a rare few have subteams of two to three people to handle specialized topics on herd health, nutrition, and finance.
Do I have to show the team everything?
No. You make the decision on what you are comfortable sharing with the team. However, knowing your personal goals,values, business strengths and weaknesses helps the team address business opportunities and threats. Remember that you're working with your team to help your business grow stronger and more profitable and to improve your lifestyle. The more vital information the team sees, the better they can form new recommendations.
Is this any better than work with one advisor?
It's the difference between a jigsaw puzzle still in the box and one that's put together. Each dairy advisor sees your farm differently, but no single person has the complete picture. As a team, these specialists can consolidate their expertise into a single, coordinated effort to help the owner be more successful. Together you reduce work, improve efficiency, increase profits, and achieve success for all involved.