Rob and Christine Waddell of Townville, Pennsylvania, host several farm tours a year on their 900-cow dairy operation, Apple Shamrock Farms. I recently attended one of Waddells’ tours, along with my mom and sister-in-law, so that we could learn some tips for giving tours on our own operation. Read on for my key takeaways, and comment below to provide your farm tour tips.…Continue
Added by Emily Caldwell on June 3, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments
Turnover, a word that strikes fear into managers everywhere…How do I recruit new hires, how do I onboard them, how will they fit with the team. All legitimate questions we have when replacing somebody and that can keep us up at night. On our farm we recently for differing but very legitimate reasons lost two seasoned team members, one had been here for 13+ years and the other 7+ years. Neither of these employees were terminated by the farm and there was no warning that the change was…Continue
Added by Theo Scholze on May 23, 2015 at 5:55am — No Comments
Engage, ignore....engage, ignore....engage, ignore...
The options tumble through my mind like clothes in a dryer. On one hand, I couldn't be more excited to shout from the rooftops everything I love about agriculture and the people who feed our world. They're intelligent, adaptable, realistic dreamers with boots in the dirt but a small part of their hearts always in the clouds - never getting too comfortable in the present, but rather, looking toward the…Continue
Added by Callie Curley on May 21, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments
In November 2014 we put the first group of calves in our brand new automated feeding barn. You always hear about the disasters when it comes to automated calf feeders. But we rarely heard about a success story. Truth be told, this facility and management change has turned our entire calf program around from birth to post weaning.
To give you some background, our previous situation was far from ideal. We had calves coming out of our ears. They were stuck everywhere. Tied up to…Continue
We still call them "our" cows even though they are at a new farm now. Joe, the buyer of our herd, just sent us a message and said, and I quote, “I’m so glad that I bought them. I love these girls to death. So much personality. I think that they were the perfect fit for us.” What a great message for us to receive! It almost brought tears to my eyes to know that "our" cows are doing so well and are so well loved! We are extremely happy that we sold our herd to him and not to someone else. We…Continue
Added by Betsy Fleury on May 18, 2015 at 4:36am — No Comments