Mobile Margin Management

Hedging, risk management, margin management, whatever you call it, it’s a pain in the butt. But like it or not, volatility in the milk and feed markets pretty much requires us to find some way to protect our bottom line. There are many tools available on the Internet and mobile phones to help you with…

Say more than cheese

One of the most interesting aspects of mobile technology is its ability to bust age-old adages like, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In 1911, this seemed like a good way to describe the concept of absorbing a lot of information quickly. But these days, pictures can be worth more than gold and the…

Youtube University

Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” In Ford’s day the idea of lifelong learning largely revolved around libraries and night classes. In our time we have many options for giving our aging brains a workout. Even on the farm and…

Take the email bull by the horns

Action expresses priorities – Gandhi This quote is taped to my truck’s visor as a reminder to stay focused on the important tasks of the day. However, this attitude about priorities falls apart when it comes to email. There are a lot of important things happening in email but it can command much more time…

Taking social mobile

There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about the need for dairy farmers to engage with consumers through social media. Social media is about having conversations but it’s also about telling stories, your story, the story of how you care for animals and manage natural resources. Your story is the…

Smartphone Sprayer Calibration

When people ask me what I do for a living I tell them I am a dairy farmer. I think this is a fitting job description because in addition to caring for dairy cows, we also grow a lot of their feed. We do all of our own tractor work, which includes spraying corn, wheat,…

Remote control your computer

Recently I had an opportunity to visit Chicago for a couple of days. While I was there I changed my milk cow rations in EZ Feed, printed a pregnancy check using DairyComp 305, and created some reports in QuickBooks. This seems like a pretty normal thing to do if you happen to have those programs…

Live Radio, Podcasts, and Audiobooks

On January 1, 2013, my 25 year relationship with the local news and talk station abruptly ended when ClearChannel pulled Rush, Sean, and Glenn from KMJ 580 AM and moved them to a station they own. This crumbling of a dynasty got me thinking about the future of terrestrial radio and how technology is changing…

Stay in sync with Google Calendar

When I was young, the first week of every January I would go with my father to the auto parts store to get his copy of the annual Parts Pup Calendar. I remember this well because Napa’s calendar provided more than just the days of the week. Nowadays we live in a world that is…

Telling your story with Social Media

“Dairies are nothing but factories that torture animals and pollute the environment for profit!” Have you heard this before? Have you read statements like these on websites? How does it make you feel when you read or hear misinformation about your business? Do you get mad and feel like there is nothing you can do…