Business Resources

Activity Analysis Projects

Financial Business Management

Cost Calculators

  • Cost of Loading, Mixing, & Delivering Feed New York State, 2014-2015 - As feed is one of the largest costs on dairy farms, feed center activities play a large role in dairy business performance. This study looks at the feed out process within the feed center focusing on the costs to load, mix, and deliver feed. For 26 farms, the average cost to load, mix and deliver feed was $5.20 per wet ton of feed delivered with 44 percent of the total cost attributed to labor.
  • Milk Harvest Cost Calculator - A milking parlor is a large investment on farms and the milking labor accounts for over one-third of all labor costs on farms. This calculator is designed to help farms determine the areas of the milking center that are the main drivers in milk harvest and storage costs.
  • Manure Application Cost Study 2012 - The collection, storage, and application of liquid manure are important activities taking place on farms every year. These activities require ever increasing levels of investment and management. Increasing farm size, bedding availability, environmental regulations, and nutrient management plans have led more farms to utilize liquid manure systems. The manner in which these activities are structured and managed can impact the profitability of the dairy farm through many different avenues.
  • Cost of Manure Application Calculator - One important aspect of the manure management system is the cost to apply manure. This template is designed to determine the cost of utilizing liquid manure systems.
  • Reproduction Program Cost Calculator - This template is designed to determine the costs associated with getting dairy animals checked pregnant.
  • Milk Harvest Cost Study 2010-2011 - B. Howland, J. Karszes, and K. Skellie
  • Cost To Harvest Haylage: A Snapshot - Summer 2011— J. Karszes
  • Reproduction Program: Cost Analysis New York State May – June 2010— B. Howland, J. Karszes, D. Durfee, and K. Skellie

Human Resource/Business Management

  • Scenario and Disaster Planning Worksheets - J. Karszes
  • Mission, Vision, Values & Goals - D. Grusenmeyer
  • Brand You — Developing a personal brand image is a slow process and requires continual effort and attention. The 10 items in this "Personal Brand Equity Plan" are designed to do two things: First, track where you are and the progress you've made in developing your personal brand image. Second, outline the most important things you need to do to continue building your brand equity.
  • Developing Effective Standard Operating Procedures – D. Grusenmeyer
  • Standard Operating Procedure Form— This form can help you organize the development of farm specific and task specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). Page one contains several SOP related areas that working through at the start will help you develop and later implement the SOP. Page two is where every step or procedure in the protocol is listed. Columns are also provided to number the steps, indicate approximate time required for each step, reference other SOP's, or any other use that will help you organize, develop and implement the SOP.
  • Job Description Development Worksheet —This form will help you think through and organize all the bits of information that may be contained in a job description. Depending on the job and your preference, the final job description may not contain all the information included on the form.
  • Delegation - Task/Activity Analysis— This form will help you identify tasks you would like to delegate, estimate the amount of time you spend on those tasks, think about if you can delegate a task "as is" or if some revision or modification will be necessary, and rate the task as a "Choice" assignment, "Routine" work, or a "Thankless" job.
  • Delegation Worksheet— This form prompts you to think about the important aspects of effective delegation. For simple tasks each of these aspects may be a simple mental checkoff. For more complex tasks it may be beneficial to actually fill out the form in conjunction with the person to whom you are delegating.
  • Task Identification—This form will help you identify and begin to organize all the tasks that must be accomplished in a particular work area on a regular basis.
  • Job Elements — This worksheet will help you to further organize tasks into job elements, allows tasks to be listed in order if a particular task must be completed before the next task can be started, identify the skill level required to accomplish each task or job element, and the performance consequences associated with each. This form can be useful in combining job elements in to positions or workloads to help group high skill level, serious performance consequence job elements into higher level job positions and less critical job elements in entry level positions.
  • Allocating Workloads— This worksheet is useful for scheduling the activities of individuals to help assure the individual is not "under employed". Likewise, the form helps assure an employee is not overworked to avoid employee burnout and potentially tasks going undone. Fourteen hours are spread across three pages. Depending on shift length the number of required pages may vary.
  • Self-Facilitated Communication – D. Grusenmeyer and L. Flachs
  • Encouraging Top Performance - D. Grusenmeyer
  • Employee Loyalty - D. Grusenmeyer
  • Defusing Arguments and Disagreements - D. Grusenmeyer
  • Motivating When Jobs Are Dull - D. Grusenmeyer
  • Managing a Workforce - D. Grusenmeyer