Dairy managers and owners from throughout Europe attended two separate Alta Dairy Manager Schools focused on Leadership, Organization and Management.
Coordinated by Alta, both of these 2.5-day Dairy Manager School (DMS) sessions welcomed Dr. Tom Fuhrmann as the industry expert presenter. He instructed the class and directed discussions on the following topics related to leadership and labor management and organization.
- Mastering management
- Improving communication through understanding different personalities
- How do I get my people to do things right?
- Developing people
- Situational leadership
- Using information to manage the dairy
Participants at each Dairy Manager School also made two farm visits to evaluate and discuss what they observed on these operations as it related to labor organization.
As farms grow, they experience the challenge to run their operations as a business. In the growing process the owner is, all too often, also a worker amongst the workers. It is then when they see the importance of putting a clear focus on organizing work and workers, setting goals, motivating staff and monitoring results.
The on-farm Dairy Manager School exercise to put an organizational chart on paper opened their eyes to the need for clarity on positions, responsibilities and communication lines.
By the end of both Dairy Manager Schools, graduates spoke highly about the set-up of the schools, and most took away new thoughts or ideas that they had never heard before.
Upcoming Alta Dairy Manager Schools include: