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24 April 2012 EASTERNDAIRYBUSINESS
| DAIRY DECISIONS
CONSULTANT’S SURGERY TIME
DISCUSSION Dairy owners must continuously evaluate their business
performance, identifying opportunities for improving
future viability. Employee development and team structure
are critical focus areas.
By Dr. David Welch
One recent Saturday I was working on a displaced abomasum
surgery with Carol. She, her husband, and family are great to work with.
Carol held the tail as I injected lidocane, numbing the surgical site.
Almost immediately, Carol stated that they were having a difﬁ cult time
ﬁ nding help on the farm. She went into detail about how they had inter-
viewed, hired and repeatedly lost employees.
I asked Carol what all they wanted an employee to do. She gave me
a laundry list of responsibilities, including milking (at times), feeding
calves occasionally, helping with ﬁ eld work, bedding cattle on a regular
basis, and other assignments.
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