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Recent Dairy Manager Schools focus on Leadership, Organization and Management

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:

Graduates from the Dairy Manager School held in Broughton, UK from October 22-24, 2018.
Graduates from the Dairy Manager School held in Broughton, UK from October 22-24, 2018.
Graduates of the Dairy Manager School held in Agerbæk, Denmark October 25-27, pose for a photo after their session
Graduates of the Dairy Manager School held in Agerbæk, Denmark October 25-27, pose for a photo after their session
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Bilingual Dairy Manager School focuses on hoof care

The first Alta Dairy Manager School ever held in the US took place June 18-20, 2018 in Garden City, Kansas. The unique learning opportunity, presented simultaneously in English and Spanish, helped attendees dive deep into hoof care, health, and management.

Ten students from six different dairies attended the course, learning from the expert instructors at Sure Step Consulting. Participants spent their time learning through a mix of classroom based sessions and hands-on practice.

Classroom sessions focused on foot and leg anatomy, identifying lameness, proper hoof treatment protocols, foot bath management, and trimming procedures. On-farm sessions allowed the participants to practice what they learned in both functional and therapeutic trimming.

The 2.5-day course gave the participants the knowledge and applicable practice to take these skills back and apply them on their dairies.

Want to know more about Dairy Manager Schools? Check it out HERE.

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Canadian dairy producers learn reproductive improvement strategies

Nineteen dairy producers from three different provinces joined together for Canada’s second Dairy Manager School of 2018.

Through both classroom-based and on-farm learning, the training participants learned progressive strategies for improving their herd’s reproductive performance. Dr. Paul Fricke and Glaucio Lopes led talks about reproductive physiology and protocols, reproductive precision through activity monitoring, heifer reproduction, and how to effectively analyze and interpret reproductive records.

A visit to Dairi-Acres farm gave participants the opportunity to see all areas of management. They also used this stop as a case study to learn how a focus on reproduction helped take this herd from a single digit preg rate more than ten years ago to an average yearly preg rate currently well over 30%!

The final portion of Dairy Manager School concluded with Kevin Muxlow sharing strategies and prompting discussions on marginal milk during times of tight margins.

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New On-Line Learning Opportunity

Dairylearning.com — a brand-new online training hub for dairy owners, managers, workers, students and consultants who value progressive thinking — is now live and scheduling new training sessions.

As the first of its kind in the industry, the new web-based training platform offers a variety of tools to develop knowledge and skills on relevant dairy herd management topics. Online courses can be completed at any time, from any location, and live trainings provide learning from dairy industry experts in a small classroom setting.

All online courses and live trainings come directly from leading minds in the dairy industry. These instructors have researched and implemented the skills they teach, and experienced the impact of these lessons on thousands of cows globally.

Among the first online trainings available is an in-depth and interactive reproductive anatomy and physiology course to offer a better understanding of the reproductive tract, hormones, and the estrous cycle.

Also available are brand new DairyComp training modules created by VAS exclusively for dairylearning.com. These courses cover DairyComp navigation, CowCards, commands, settings, and dairy economic and business planning. Users can take the courses individually or purchase as part of basic or intermediate packages.

The future of dairylearning.com includes advanced DairyComp training, and more online courses directly from dairy industry experts on leadership, management and calf care.

Visit dairylearning.com today for more information, and to explore online courses and register for live trainings.

 

Questions? Please contact:
Sadie Gunnink
info@dairylearning.com

screenshot of the dairylearning.com website
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Alta hosts first Canadian Dairy Manager School

We welcomed 22 progressive Canadian dairy producers from five provinces to the first ever Canadian Dairy Manager School, held January 16-18 in Abbotsford, BC.

Participants from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario enhanced their knowledge on reproductive programs and implementation during the 2.5-day school. They joined Dr. Glaucio Lopes, AltaU Manager, Kevin Muxlow VP of Sales-Americas, and Dr. Paul Fricke, UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science to learn more about what’s new, what’s been improved, and what they can do best to take their farm’s reproductive management to the next level.

The class gained insight during sessions on reproductive fertility programs, data analysis, incorporating electronic activity monitors to manage health and repro, and marginal milk profitability.

An interactive visit to a large-scale robotic farm added to the already high-level discussions that attendees enjoyed inside the classroom.

See how you can take advantage of the Alta Dairy Manager School opportunities HERE.

Article submitted by Dr. Glaucio Lopes, AltaU Manager

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