Mkulima today proper farm management is the sure way to boost the productivity of your farm and get your return on investments. Today we cover what to look out for when selecting an en employee for a dairy farm.
Without a good team, any system you put in place will not serve you as intended. Reliable human labor is required in order to keep a dairy farm up and running regardless of if it is automated or not.
An employee for a dairy farm
You should not only have a skilled labor force on your farm but they should be motivated, dedicated, and satisfied.
For your dairy operations to kick off and serve you at the level you dream of first and foremost you should start by considering your needs.
You want to ensure that you and your staff are trained and retained, this is as important as the right feed that the cattle receive.
If there is a milkman available or you do it by yourself. You want to ensure that he/she has the following characteristics:-
- Sober minded
- Healthy and above all
- Passionate about animals.
Remember you don’t want to employ everyone who comes knocking or calling at your farm.
Instead, first, think of your needs then employ a person with the required skill set to fulfill the needs and tasks you want to be completed.
For you to have the best staff you are liberty to advertise on the dailies or by use word of mouth and referrals.
If the person to be considered for the vacant position claims they know and understand some concept for example artificial insemination or mixing feed ask for a demonstration from them.
Once the interviews are out of the way, make sure your team knows and understands exactly what is expected of them and their duties.
The new employee should be informed of his/her job description in the presence of their supervisor if you have a supervisor.
As a result, it will clearly outline what you need from your team.
This gives you peace of mind since you can concentrate on other tasks and not worry about the incompetent staff.
Many farmers that I have talked to complain about the lack of consistent feed supply and the high cost of commercial feed.
To ensure you have the best supply of feed you need to plan your growing schedule this not only helps in labor management but also in productivity.
Your farm should be able to produce up to 75% of the fodder consumed by the farm. This will help you reduce production costs as most of your expenses will be used on feed.
If labor is solely employed on your dairy unit a single employee can manage the farm and handle the daily operations of milking, feeding, dung disposal for a 50 cow unit.
As the herd grows so the duties will too, such as marshaling the cows, breeding management, and feeding can take a considerable amount of time and manpower.
For your dairy enterprise to be successful you want to follow the above guidelines as it will ensure your smile on your way to and from the banking hall or from the cash dispensing machines.
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