Apps for Travel

(originally published in Dairy Today Magazine 2014) As fall harvest winds down and we prepare our dairies for winter, our thoughts often turn to vacation. In days of old, vacation planning meant a trip to the local travel agent. Now, the Internet provides many useful tools to get the job done. What follows is a…

Cow Comfort Apps

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” – W. Edwards Deming This year California experienced the worst drought in history followed by an unusually hot summer. Yet our cows have maintained a relatively high level of production and good health. I attribute this success to my employee’s excellent attention to cow comfort and care. Of…

Protect your online data with two step authentication

Internet security is becoming a challenge for users. Hackers are getting smarter, computers are faster, and Internet companies are not keeping up. Problems like the Heartbleed virus and the Target credit card fiasco are always in the news. And now, Russian hackers have stolen over one billion usernames and passwords. These issues illustrate the weakness…

Shopping with apps saves time and money

Save Gas, Shop with Apps

The other day I picked my son up from first grade and took him on a mission to find a torque wrench with a 1/4″ drive. First we drove to Lowes, they didn’t have one. Then we drove to The Home Depot, nothing. Got back in the truck and drove to several more stores, no…

Reputation Management

Protect your online reputation

Have you ever Googled yourself? Do you think Googling yourself is an act of extreme egotism? If so, guess again. In the age of social media, where everyone has the ability to post anything they want on the Internet, Googling yourself is a necessity. Most businesses work very hard to get to the top of…

Technology Tools for lowering your Somatic Cell Counts

I hate culling cows! Part of the problem is looking an animal in the eye and saying, “you’ve got to go!”. The other part of the problem is making good decisions. There are so many variables involved in culling, it’s hard to know which ones are right. All culling questions are financial. Is this cow…

Get fit with apps

For the past 10 years I have spent a lot of time advocating the benefits of dairy products to my urban friends and people I encounter on Facebook and Twitter. I believe this to be a useful and necessary activity and as dairy farmers we should feel good about the health benefits our products provide.…

¿Hablas Android?

❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ ‒Nelson Mandela In a business like dairy, communication can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Communicating issues of safety, animal health and welfare,…

Innovate your own App

In Paul Harvey’s “So God made a Farmer” speech he says “I (God) need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps.” Mr. Harvey is talking about the resourceful and…

Google Drive Demos

These links are demos of a Google Drive app I use as an example on Dairy Today Magazine. First click the form link. After submitting a form, then click on the Data link to view and sort the data. You can use the filter feature of Google Spreadsheet to view only specific data. Small Herd…