A new program from Dairy Alliance has been designed to help managers take the guess-work out of decision-making by gaining the knowledge and skills they need to manage a modern dairy business.

The new Penn State Dairy Management Certificate at the Penn State Harrisburg campus in Middletown, Pa. will begin this fall.

“The Penn State Dairy Management Certificate program is designed to challenge producers’ views of management,” explained Bradley Hilty, information management specialist with Dairy Alliance. “Participants in the Penn State Management Certificate will develop the management skills needed to aggressively manage their business and position it to be more competitive in the future.”

The certificate program is comprised of four two-day modules that focus on business management, information management, financial management, and human resource management.

The Business Management Module, Nov. 2-3, focuses on development of leadership and management skills, and provides a general overview of the knowledge and skills needed to be a highly effective manager of a dairy operation. This module is for those who are in, or want to move into, a middle- to upper-management position that provides information and guidance to the chief decision makers of a dairy. It is also a good fit for managers who want to improve their management and leadership skills for their own business.

The Information Management Module, Dec. 7-8, focuses on development of the knowledge required to effectively manage the abundance of information available to dairy owners. This program is for those who are, or hope to become, the chief financial officer or a chief operations officer of a modern dairy business, or who want to improve their information management skills for their own business. Topics will include: Six steps of information management; data collection, organization, and reporting; Pocket Dairy and Dairy Metrics; using PCDart and DC305 to analyze herd performance.

The Human Resource Management Module, March 29-30, is for those with personnel management responsibilities. This module will provide the knowledge and skills needed to understand personnel management issues and to effectively manage employees. Participants will develop the skills necessary to effectively manage a human resource program. Topics will include: Estimating labor needs, job descriptions, standard operating procedures, selection and hiring, orientation and initial training, performance feedback, review and progressive discipline, and employee development.

The Financial Management Module, April 13-14, focuses on development of the knowledge required to effectively plan, analyze, and present financial information to the chief decision makers and advisors of the dairy. This program is for those who are, or hope to become, the chief financial officer or a chief operations officer of a dairy or who want to improve their financial management skills for their own business. Topics will include: Managing for profitability, liquidity, and solvency; impact of marginality on profitability; impact of capital efficiency and operations efficiency; managing risk; understanding interest rates, time value of money, and managing the liability structure of the business. 

Participants may enroll in as many modules as they wish, or successfully complete all four modules to earn the certificate. Hours for each module are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Day 1 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Day 2. For more information about each module, visit: www.dairyalliance.org

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