January 26, 2024: On Learning Something New

Last week Rob Goodling from Horizon Farm Credit joined me for our “Protecting Your Profits” Webinar to share highlights from the 2023 Annual Performance Indicator Review compiled from Pennsylvania dairy herds participating in Horizon and Penn State’s benchmark programs last year. The review looked at 17 dairy performance indicators that could help your dairy farm compare your individual performance to a state average. It included both herd performance metrics and financial performance metrics. While the numbers are from 2022, the webinar provided a good review of how Pennsylvania metrics compared to farms in another key dairy state: Minnesota. You can access it at centerfordairyexcellence.org/
protecting-your-profits/. You can also listen to it as a podcast on Spotify, Apple, or Amazon Music. Just search for “Protecting Your Profits.”

Famous chef Julia Child once said, “You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” If you love what you do, whether it’s being a chef or being a dairy farmer, continual learning is an investment in getting better at something you love.

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