When issues like this
arise, I always think of
ways in which employees
can be used with the fewest
wrinkles. One of the most
common areas is to hire
help to milk. People
employed as milkers
can have a scheduled
I Dr. David Welch,
time to work, ﬁ xed
DVM, is one of two
Dairy Decisions Con-
procedures (SOP), and
sultants for Employ-
ees (DDCe) with the a detailed job descrip-
Pennsylvania Center tion. This leaves less
for Dairy Excellence. chance for frustration
For more information, compared to positions
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Finding a solution to meeting a dairy’s labor needs may
require a systematic approach, including:
1) An audit of labor needs.
2) Development of job descriptions.
FYI 3) Proper interviewing and hiring.
4) Adequate job training.
5) An established rewards system.
Unfortunately, in Carol’s case, hiring
employees for milking shifts was out of the
question, since shifts are only a few hours in
the morning and afternoon. They also had Jim,
a long-time employee, who did much of the
milking. When it came to feeding responsibilities,
several time requirements would make a
reasonable work day for an employee. Feeding
the milking herd, heifers and calves at the
home farm, and heifers at the neighboring
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