108 episodes

What does it take to be a successful, profitable and competitive dairy farm business? This is the podcast for dairy owners, managers and advisors who are after their next level of success. Join Uplevel Dairy host Peggy Coffeen each week as she sits down with the industry’s leading dairy producers and thought leaders for real conversations about business, management and leadership.

Uplevel Dairy Podcast Peggy Coffeen

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What does it take to be a successful, profitable and competitive dairy farm business? This is the podcast for dairy owners, managers and advisors who are after their next level of success. Join Uplevel Dairy host Peggy Coffeen each week as she sits down with the industry’s leading dairy producers and thought leaders for real conversations about business, management and leadership.

    106 | Dairy Farming on Three Continents with Young Leader Laurens Rutten

    106 | Dairy Farming on Three Continents with Young Leader Laurens Rutten

    Meet the 28-year-old from Belgium who has embarked on a hands-on dairy farming journey around the globe....

    Laurens Rutten challenged himself to dive into dairy on three continents, starting on a commercial grass-based dairy in New Zealand, then the world’s largest robotic dairy in Chile, and we catch up with him today on the third leg of his journey at Sunnyside Farms in New York.

    Laurens reveals the two critical questions he asked himself that spurred this adventure, and the lessons he is learning along the way and leaves us with some solid takeaways on blazing your own trail, defining your future and taking bold action.

    The Uplevel Dairy Young Leaders Podcast is THE podcast series for producers and professionals in the first 5 years of their dairy careers. Find it on the Uplevel Dairy Podcast, as well as its own platform, Uplevel Dairy Young Leaders on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube.Join the Uplevel Dairy Young Leaders Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/792440762650346/

    • 38 min
    105 | U.S. Milk Production + Feed Cost Predictions: HighGround Dairy April Monthly Market Update

    105 | U.S. Milk Production + Feed Cost Predictions: HighGround Dairy April Monthly Market Update

    As the US milk supply tightens, what opportunities and challenges are ahead for Class 3 and 4, as domestic demand lowers and exports pick up?

    Corn planters are starting to roll across the countryside, how might the early planting predictions impact your feed cost?

    That’s what we are covering today with Curtis Bosma in the HighGround Dairy Monthly Market Insights.

     Find out how the markets are moving and how it could impact your bottom line.

    Grab Your April Market Report Here: https://marketing.highgrounddairy.com/producer-market-update-april-2024

    About HighGround Dairy

    This episode is brought to you by HighGround Dairy provides global dairy market intelligence, insurance services, futures & options brokerage, and advisory programs to a diverse range of dairy market participants throughout the supply chain.

    Learn more at ⁠https://highgrounddairy.com/⁠ or email them at info@highgrounddairy.com

    Information shared in this podcast is for educational purposes and is not a solicitation to buy or sell commodities. Opinions expressed are current opinions as of April 17, 2024 at 11 a.m. CST and only represent the views of the speaker and not those of HighGround Trading, unless otherwise expressly noted.

    • 22 min
    104 | 7 Secrets to Employee Retention Success

    104 | 7 Secrets to Employee Retention Success

    Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve sat down with some pretty incredible people in the dairy industry. The owners and managers of excellent dairies and some of the most sought-after consultants who specialize in employee performance, training, and retention.

     Many of these are conversations you’ve heard on the UPlevel Dairy Podcast, and you can certainly go back and listen to them all, but if you really just want some cliff notes, some common themes, and take-home points that tie together several of the best conversations we’ve had here on the topic of getting a new employee off the best start, so they can perform well for you, see a path for their own future by being part of your team for the long haul, that’s what you are going to get today on the UPlevel Dairy Podcast.

    My goal is to make it easy for you by pulling together some powerful shares from seven recent guests - some of the industry’s best owners, managers, and consultants. We are going to walk through three critical phases of employee retention, starting with:


    First, onboarding 
    Next, uncovering individual potential
    And finally, motivation - giving good people a reason to stay.

    I’m giving you some high-value nuggets from these recent Uplevel Dairy guests so you can raise your own bar own employee retention.

    Listen to the episodes of the ones mentioned on today's show below.


    85 | 3 Keys to Maximize Profit and ROI from Your People: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/vdFC7gRqPIb
    97 | Empowering People: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/upleveldairy/episodes/97--Women-Leading-the-Way-at-Pagel-Family-Businesses-Empowering-People-with-Ashley-Pagel-e2h3ng0
    61 | Empowering Mid-level Managers, Cell Phone Policies & Team-Building Activities: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/upleveldairy/episodes/61--Empowering-Mid-level-Managers--Cell-Phone-Policies-and-Team-Building-Activities-with-Bridget-Schilling--Schilling-Farms-e2ctl74
    63 | One Question Most Progressive Dairy Managers are Asking: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/upleveldairy/episodes/63--The-One-Question-the-Most-Progressive-Dairy-Managers-are-Asking-with-Elsie-Gonzalez-Leach-e2d7bgm
    88 | 3 Steps to Set Up Middle Managers for Success: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/upleveldairy/episodes/88--3-Steps-to-Set-Up-Middle-Managers-for-Success--the-Dairy-Calf-and-Heifer-Association-Annual-Meeting-with-Clint-Al-Ag-e2ftu22
    92 | Pursuing Greatness: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/upleveldairy/episodes/92--Pursuing-Greatness-with-Hans-Nederend---Part-1-Secrets-to-World-class-Milk-Quality-e2gl916
    74 | 5 Principles of Leadership: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/upleveldairy/episodes/74--5-Principles-of-Leadership-with-Juan-Quezada--Director-of-Training-and-Development--Milk-Source-LLC-e2e6a9u

    • 27 min
    103 | Young Leader Takeover at the Midwest Dairy Challenge!

    103 | Young Leader Takeover at the Midwest Dairy Challenge!

    On this Uplevel Dairy Young Leaders Podcast, I’m turning the mic over to a trio of up-and-comers in dairy industry communications to interview three Dairy Challenge alumni who shared their experiences on a panel at the Midwest Dairy Challenge held in Green Bay, Wis., in February.

    Social media interns interview Dairy Challenge alumni:


    Nichole Gerard, Iowa State University student, interviews Crystal Prom, Cargill


    Torri Burch, Iowa State University student,  interviews Tony Schmitz, Schmitz’s East Branch Dairy 




    Irene Nielsen, Iowa State University student, interviews Liz Schiebelbein, Phibro Animal Health




    Torri and Irene talk about their Dairy Challenge experiences, as past competitors and social media interns



    Learn more about the Dairy Challenge:

    https://www.dairychallenge.org/

    The Uplevel Dairy Young Leaders Podcast is the special podcast series for producers and professionals in the first 5 years of their dairy careers. Find it on the Uplevel Dairy Podcast, as well as its own platform, Uplevel Dairy Young Leaders on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.

    • 14 min
    102 | From Bleeding $500,000 to Better than Breaking Even

    102 | From Bleeding $500,000 to Better than Breaking Even

    It wasn’t just their dairy farm on the line. It was their house too. 

    Pauly Paul from Complete Management Consulting is back to tell us how he helped one dairy family on the verge of losing it all turn around from bleeding red to a positive cash flow in 6 months. 

    Not only were they able to keep the farm and the house, but today, it is a financially sound business in the process of  transitioning to the next generation. 

    Find out how Pauly and his team:


    Lowered their breakeven 


    Reorganized labor


    Brought them back from a $500,000 loss to breaking even or better in 6 months



    This Episode is Sponsored by Complete Management Consulting

    Contact Pauly Paul


    www.CompleteManagementConsulting.com


    completemanagementconsulting@gmail.com


    920-418-3135

    • 17 min
    101 | Mental Toughness: The 75-Day Transformation

    101 | Mental Toughness: The 75-Day Transformation

    No alcohol, 2-a-day workouts, following a diet, daily personal development reading and drinking a gallon of water … every day for 75 days.

    That’s 75 Hard, a transformative commitment for building mental toughness and self discipline, and these two Michigan dairymen just completed it, alongside the 4x4x48 endurance challenge from Episode 100. 

    Tommy Oesch from Swisslane Farms and Clare Alderink from Ryzebol Dairy are back to dish it out on what they did, what they read and how 75 Hard transformed their habits and their mindsets.

    Hear more from Tommy Oesch on the Uplevel Dairy Podcast


    Episode 100: 4 Miles Every 4 Hours for 48 Hours


    The 7,000 Cows in 7 Years Vision


    Finding Balance with a Big Vision - Part 1: Faith, Family and Dairy Farming


    Finding Balance with a Big Vision - Part 2: Health, Relationships and Accountabiity



    This episode is sponsored by Uplevel Dairy Podcast Founding Partner Adisseo, a global leader in nutritional solutions and premier provider of rumen-protected methionine for dairy producers who want to optimize milk production, capture more value from components and maintain the health of their high-performing herds. Learn more at https://www.adisseo.com/en/

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Ashley Christian (Mergen) ,

Viewing management from a clean lens

I first want to start off by saying!, Thank you for being open and honest with all of your podcasts. I am a woman manager and have been struggling finding my purpose and value in a male dominated industry. Listening to your podcasts have given me faith and hope that I can battle through the hard times and get to the end goals. I still have more bad days then good but I know the importance of working on myself each and every day.

LisaGuillot ,

What a niche!

If anybody knows about the needs of dairy owners and managers, who want to learn about business management and leadership, it is Peggy!

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