picture of farm

Can Dairy Farms Compete for Labor?

We know that dairy farm wages have been climbing rapidly, more so than in most other industries. Depending on the different dairy budgets available, estimated hired labor costs for herds of 200 cows or more vary from $1.80 per cwt. (hundredweight) to $2.30 per cwt. That typically represents 10 to 15 percent of production costs. […]

Read More...
Image of a newsletter inside an envelope

July/August Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter

The 2017 July/August Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter is now available online.  This month’s newsletter focuses on fresh cow health and manure handling.    The Dairy Partner/El Compañero is a UW-Extension newsletter designed for dairy farm employees.  Written in both English and Spanish, the newsletter provides basic information about dairy cows, farm safety, and personal health to individuals who work […]

Read More...
Image of a newsletter inside an envelope

May/June Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter

The 2017 May/June Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter is now available online.  This month’s newsletter focuses on calf blood collection and feeding colostrum. The Dairy Partner/El Compañero is a UW-Extension newsletter designed for dairy farm employees.  Written in both English and Spanish, the newsletter provides basic information about dairy cows, farm safety, and personal health to individuals who work on […]

Read More...
Image of a newsletter inside an envelope

March/April Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter

The 2017 March/April Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter is now available online.  This month’s newsletter focuses on calving assistance, efficient milking, and feed manger management.   The Dairy Partner/El Compañero is a UW-Extension newsletter designed for dairy farm employees.  Written in both English and Spanish, the newsletter provides basic information about dairy cows, farm safety, and personal health to […]

Read More...

Pump Up Your People

Employee management essentially boils down to two things:  a) realizing that we are dealing with humans whose behavior will be influenced by emotions and b) communicating efficiently to manage employees’ emotions and behaviors. In other words, we cannot approach employees like we handle crops or cows. One reason is because we don’t have as much […]

Read More...