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Where Do We Go From Here?. Tina L. Struyk Sheboygan County Extension Dairy & Livestock Agent UW-Extension Dairy Team “Modernizing Wisconsin’s Dairy Farms” Train-the Trainer Module June 20-21, 2002. Getting Started. Evaluate your current situation Understand your options Gain knowledge

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where do we go from here

Where Do We Go From Here?

Tina L. Struyk

Sheboygan County Extension

Dairy & Livestock Agent

UW-Extension Dairy Team

“Modernizing Wisconsin’s Dairy Farms”

Train-the Trainer Module

June 20-21, 2002

getting started
Getting Started
  • Evaluate your current situation
  • Understand your options
  • Gain knowledge
    • Attend modernization seminars & workshops
    • Visit farms
    • Read popular press articles
    • Talk with local service people
  • Define your goals
    • Short-term & Long-term
  • HAVE AN OPEN MIND!
getting your business plan together
Getting Your Business Plan Together
  • It’s the brain cell of every manager
  • Includes all aspects of the business
    • Financial
    • Production
    • Crops
  • Organize-you have most of the records already!
    • Past financial records
    • Milk and crop production records
    • Herd Health records
    • List of assets
financial support
Financial Support
  • Bankers, lenders
  • Farm Service Agencies
  • Dairy 20/20 Early Planning Grant
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Team: A small number of people with complementary skills, who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.-Kazenbach & Smith

a team approach to dairy facilities planning and construction
A Team Approachto Dairy Facilities Planning and Construction

Family

Veterinarian

Crop Consultant

Nutritionist

Employees

Land Conservation

Representative

UW-Extension Agent

Facilities Consultant

Contractor

Equipment Dealer

Project Supervisor

Farm Management

Consultant

Lender/Investors

Milk Plant

modernization advisory team
Modernization Advisory Team
  • Who do they include?
    • Owners or stakeholders
    • Nutritionist
    • Veterinarian
    • Extension Agent
    • Banker
    • Other service people
    • Key People from the farm

Diversity & Knowledge is the KEY!

why advisory teams
Why advisory teams?
  • Expertise in specific areas
  • Teams divide the work up
  • Teams multiply the results
benefits of an advisory team for the producer
Benefits of an advisory team for the producer
  • More effective communication
  • Greater source of ideas
  • Greater return for time spent
  • Knowledge of what others are doing
  • Establish priorities
  • Confidence & more positive attitude
benefits of an advisory team for the consultant
Benefits of an advisory team for the consultant
  • Better understanding of farm goals
  • Ideas from others
  • Improved skills in problem solving
  • More profitable farms
  • Improved attitudes
concepts of the advisory team
Concepts of the advisory team
  • Identify farm challenges
  • Discussion and brainstorming
  • New ideas
  • Discuss advantages & disadvantages
  • Provide new options or suggestions
  • Formulate goals and action plans
the 1 st meeting
Walk-thru

Introductions

Team roles

Ground rules

SWOT analysis

SMART Goals

The 1st meeting…
s w o t analysis
S.W.O.T. Analysis
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Opportunities
  • Threats
s m a r t goals
S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timely
sheboygan county advisory team
Sheboygan County Advisory Team
  • Consisted of:
    • Owners & wives
    • Accountant
    • Banker
    • Nutritionist
    • Veterinarian
    • Agronomist
    • Extension Agent
    • Contractor
prior to expansion
Prior to expansion
  • 280 cows
  • 173 tie-stall barns
  • Milking took 6 hours with 4 milkers
  • 60 lbs/cow/day
  • 225 SCC average
  • 12-16 hour work day
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S.W.O.T. Analysis
  • Strengths:
    • Each member liked different duties
    • large number of animals
    • Family Labor
    • Excellent source of consultants
  • Weaknesses:
    • Time
    • Labor pool
  • Opportunities
    • Land
  • Threats
    • Milk price
    • LLC Transfer
    • Purchase animals/biosecurity
s m a r t goals19
S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Milking 400 cows in a freestall/milking complex within 2 years
  • House all cattle on main farm
  • Renovate existing 173 tie-stall barn for heifers
  • Reduce individual work hours
  • Develop organization charts
  • Estate transfer
sheboygan county advisory team20
Sheboygan County Advisory Team
  • July 28, 1999 to August 23, 2000
  • Met 10 times
  • Began construction April 2000
  • Moved into new facilities August 2000
during the year the team
During the year the team…
  • Developed & implemented biosecurity plan
  • Decided to have purchased heifers raised by a grower
  • Designed & built special needs barn
  • Completed job preference survey for owners
  • Facilitated LLC transfer to next generation
  • Developed organizational chart with job descriptions
  • Developed employee handbook
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Prior to expansion

280 cows

173 tie-stall barns

Milking took 6 hours with 4 milkers

60 lbs/cow/day

225 SCC average

12-16 hour work day

after expansion
After expansion…

570 cows

Double 12 parlor

6 ½ hours with 2 milkers for each milking

85 lbs/cow/day

180 SCC average

8-10 hour work day

  • 280 cows
  • 173 tie-stall barn
  • Milking took 6 hours with 4 milkers
  • 60 lbs/cow/day
  • 225 SCC average
  • 12-16 hour work day
positive things the farm had to say about team
Positive things the farm had to say about team…
  • Liked team effort
  • Opened communication between family members
  • Resource people brought in a set of “fresh eyes”
  • Resulted in better planning
  • Confidence in what they were doing
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Where Do We Go From Here?

Tina L. Struyk

Sheboygan County Extension

Dairy & Livestock Agent

UW-Extension Dairy Team

“Modernizing Wisconsin’s Dairy Farms”

Train-the Trainer Module

June 20-21, 2002