I have been living on a dairy farm for over three months now, and working in different departments since the beginning. One of the many things I have learned here is the importance of teamwork. For example, if a veterinarian wants to treat a sick cow in the hospital pen, he or she needs to know when the cow will be milked, when the feeding time is, when the barn cleaning will take place, among other factors. After the treatment, the veterinarian needs to locate where the cause for this condition is originating, so he or she needs to talk with the farm manager, feeder, barn cleaner and everyone else involved in different aspects of the animal’s handling. Success always requires a collaboration of different people from different departments.
Last week, Nestle held a meeting for business partners at the newly inaugurated Dairy Farming Institute (DFI) in Northeast China. They invited every partner of the DFI to join in and discuss how to work together better in the future. Alltech, as a key partner and contributor of the DFI, played a crucial role throughout the meeting. Professionals discussed the training program for local farmers, how to reach out to the medium and small sized farms in China, as well as how to market the DFI brand and make it beneficial for every business partner. During the meeting, I had a chance to talk with industry professionals from East Rock Limited, Land O’Lakes, GEA, Alta Dena, and the list goes on. One of the primary topics of our conversations was the Dairy Career Development Program I am participating in. Everyone is interested in hearing about my on-farm training around the world and my implementation of dairy farming practices. Many managers from other companies were very impressed with my training, and Alltech’s vision and investment in the future of dairy farming.
One major role for me at the DFI is to serve as an Alltech representative and spokesperson for our Dairy Career Development Program. I am trying my best to do a good job at that.