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Volume 24, Issue 4, 2017
Author Chris van DijkSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 1 –1 (2017)More Less
Op elke melkplaas sal ons koeie vind, maar daar is ook mense op hierdie plase: mense aan wie ons baiekeer heeltemal te min aandag gee. Hierdie mense het bo en behalwe hulle liefde vir die diere en die dryfkrag om ’n sukses van hulle besigheid te maak, ’n paar ander hoedanighede gemeen. Suksesvolle plase deel egter een eienskap en dit is dat hulle alle rolspelers of mense betrokke kry en seker maak dat menslike optredes nooit so ’n oorheersende probleem raak dat dit uiteindelik die besigheid negatief beïnvloed nie.
Author Robyn JoubertSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 5 –5 (2017)More Less
A dairy farmer’s job is much more complex than simply milking cows. He or she is in charge of the strategic direction of the farm, overseeing all operations and making informed decisions on everything from machinery to animal welfare and everything in between. This requires an array of skills. Even a sole proprietor does not accomplish this alone – there are many helping hands sharing knowledge, advice, experience or simply a laugh at the end of the day.
Author Julie McLachlanSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 8 –9 (2017)More Less
Since its inception in 1999, the Large Herds Conference has been of a consistently high standard, but this year, with the very relevant theme of “Resilience”, it promises to be the best conference yet. The organisers are justly proud of how people attending these conferences have responded to what they have learnt. There have been some amazing success stories over the years. Hayden Stokes, Rex Fey and Freddy Bondesio are some of the attendees who have shared their stories with us at past conferences.
Author Koos CoetzeeSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 10 –13 (2017)More Less
Farmers frequently yearn for the “good old days” of controlled marketing. Are we really better off without control boards? The case for market liberalisation The idea that market freedom results in greater benefit to society was clearly summarised by Adam Smith in 1776. According to his theory, changes in prices influence supply and demand and ensure that supply automatically meets demand – Smith called this “the hidden hand”.
Author Nico FouchéSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 17 –17 (2017)More Less
I would like to pay tribute to Milk SA’s project managers, as they are working hard behind the scenes and are under immense pressure to perform on and off stage, irrespective of circumstances, to accomplish what is expected by Milk SA. Their success stories will again be published in our Annual Report.
Author San SmithSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 35 –39 (2017)More Less
In only nine years the Little Barnet team has achieved a great deal, and in a remarkable way. More than that, the two men in the drivers’ seats continuously model transformation for other farmers, thereby disproving myths surrounding the capacity of black Africans to take charge and succeed in agriculture. When one interacts with the Eastern Cape farmers from Alexandria, there is no black and white – there are only farmers, older and younger, teachers and students, more experienced and less experienced, but above all – farmers. And they’re talking.
Author Barbara BieldtSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 40 –41 (2017)More Less
" Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it." - Mikhail Gorbachev
Author Aidan BomfordSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 51 –53 (2017)More Less
I’ve been called a farm damager on a couple of occasions and, although it is slightly derogatory, I must laugh at this phrase. As a farm manager, I’ve dented my boss’s bakkie before and blown irrigation pipes out of the ground (to name but a few of the many continental stuff-ups that I’ve been responsible for). In my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked as a manager, shareholder, partner and now farm consultant, so I’ve seen farming from many different angles. Here are some top tips for all you managers out there.
Author Elandri de BruynSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 54 –55 (2017)More Less
When people plan their careers, very few consider what kind of boss they may work for. The impact of a supportive and motivated manager on job satisfaction is often underestimated. So, what makes for a good boss? Simply put, a good boss is one that you can trust completely.
Author Errol MeyerSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 56 –59 (2017)More Less
Farmers whose estate planning is centered on ensuring that their agricultural legacy is continued by their children should critically examine the way they are preparing for the future. Relying on a single financial solution to provide the financial means for a family to inherit a farm may not meet the mark. Succession planning is about understanding the benefits of various financial solutions and having a holistic financial plan in place.
Author Philip TheunissenSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 61 –63 (2017)More Less
Die mens raak maklik aangevuur om te baklei vir rykdom, mag en status. Die verklaring hiervoor is dalk te vinde in die beskouing dat dit is hoe jy jou op ’n natuurlike manier verdedig. Ons het nie noodwendig méér geld nodig om te oorleef nie, maar loop dalk met die volgende gedagte rond: dis ’n reël van die oerwoud dat die een wat ’n bietjie meer kos kan opgaar of ’n bietjie meer bokke kan jag, die een is wat in tye van hongersnood oorleef.
Author Alex JenkinsSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 64 –69 (2017)More Less
In rugby, there are clear, unchangeable rules, enforced by a referee. Each player has a position. There is a clear objective and a defined time frame for the game. There are also a lot of supporters. The players are your suppliers, managers and employees. You are the ref. The only difference between a farming business and rugby is that, as the ref, you get to make up your own rules and set the time frame. And the supporters? They are all the people who want the best for you, but whose opinion is best ignored. If you’ve ever listened to stadium chatter, you know what I mean! Your job is to outline the rules, assign positions to your team and set a time limit. Then make sure that everyone plays by your rules.
Author Bobby LawrenceSource: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 70 –71 (2017)More Less
Dit is belangrik om deeglik te besluit oor die tegniese adviseurs wat jou plaas van insette soos kunsmis, gif, voer, dieregesondheidsmiddels en ruvoer bedien. As jou keuse net op koste berus, kan jy dalk waardevolle advies, inligting en dienste met betrekking tot jou produksie en bestuur verbeur. Daar is sekere punte waarop jy kan let om jou besluit op ’n tegniese adviseur te vergemaklik.
Source: The Dairy Mail 24, pp 72 –75 (2017)More Less
The calf is the future of the dairy farm. She is as much a part of the team as any of the other employees and advisers. So, how can a farmer strengthen his team and generate returns, both today and tomorrow? It starts by recognising that investing in the healthy growth of a calf results in cost benefits today such as reduced veterinary costs and lower mortality, and profits tomorrow through improved milk yield and fertility.