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Pull up a chair and stay a while. The PDPW Dairy Blog offers the slow thinking that one needs to challenge a paradigm, strengthen a belief and shape a vision.

From your computer, table or phone, enjoy a compilation of slow-thinking and thoughtful reading that might change your world.

What is The Dairy Signal?

April 15, 2020, 3 minutes
By Andy Buttles, Dairy producer and PDPW board member
Topic Category: Personal and Professional Development
Modeled after the “fireside chat” broadcasts given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression, The Dairy Signal™ came about as a way to bring our dairy industry together while providing free resources to help producers navigate through these uncharted waters.

The Virtual Dairy Farm Brain

May 17, 2019, 3 minutes
By Shelly O'Leary, Communications Outreach Specialist
Topic Category: Cow Care
The Virtual Dairy Farm Brain project will help sort cows by nutrition groups, predict mastitis, and identify ketosis.  New developments to the Virtual Dairy Farm Brain project were unveiled at the 2019 PDPW Business Conference. Presenting progress updates on the project were Dr. Victor Cabrera, Virtual Dairy Farm Brain project leader and associate professor of management in the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison, graduate student Jorge Barrientos, and post-doctorates Hector Delgado and Lilana Fadul.

Choose thankfulness

April 10, 2019
By Hank Wagner, Dairy producer & John Maxwell Team teacher, mentor, speaker and coach
The year 2018 is in the history books – even if we still have financial records and year-end business numbers to sort through. While it’s certainly important to understand how our businesses performed, there are other parts of life and business that are equally – if not more – significant.
 
As we look back at last year, what would happen if all family and team members answered such questions as “What lessons did we learn in 2018?”, “What went right?” and “What victories did we have?” Most importantly, “What did 2018 bring to us that we’re thankful for?”
 
As we begin a new year....
 

Fake it, take it or make it

November 5, 2018
By Hank Wagner, Dairy producer & John Maxwell Team teacher, speaker and coach
 
Are you in the "fake it", "take it" or "make it group"?  You have the power to choose which group you will be in.  Don't let your subconscious habits and behaviors hold you captive to being in the same group day after day.

 

Keep kids safe, away from tractors

November 5, 2018
By National Farm Medicine Center
Farm work consistently ranks among the deadliest of occupations in the United States. Tractors are responsible for more than 40 percent of unintentional farm-injury deaths of children younger than 15.

Little things make a big difference

November 5, 2018, 4 Minutes
By Gary Sipiorski, Business and Financial Consultant
Milk prices continue to challenge the operating costs of dairy farms. Sometimes wise economic and management decisions become lost in all the activities. It's important for key family members and employees to consistently gather in team meetings to discuss how each person can do their work a little better, to take care of things that are within control.

Leadership comes from heart

September 27, 2018
By Hank Wagner, Dairy producer & John Maxwell Team teacher, mentor, speaker and coach
Leadership has everything to do with the heart condition. What we think or believe about others comes from deep within our hearts. If we truly care about other people, that will be apparent in the words we speak and the actions we choose. We can try our best to hide what’s in our hearts, but eventually what’s in there will be apparent.