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Helen Korzec, Consultant

Helen Korzec is the owner of Korzec Dairy Optimization, LLC. She was born and raised on a farm and recently launched her nutrition and management consulting business after years of running commercial dairy farms. She has success in management of employees, cattle and commodity brokering using a practical, hands on approach. Helen has provided knowledge to farms spanning from the east coast, Midwest, and west coast. As part of the GPS Dairy Consulting team, Helen will provide a well-rounded knowledge base including transition cows, reproduction, milk quality, personnel training, young stock and calf nutrition, cost saving methods and nutrition services. She plans on utilizing her many connections across the US dairy industry to improve the herds she works. Currently, Helen resides in South Dakota and part-time in the Southeast US.

Articles by Helen Korzec

Do You Even On-Board?Click to open Do You Even On-Board?

Several studies have shown that 20 percent of new employees quit within the first 90 days, putting more weight on a solid on-boarding process. When you are spending the time and money to bring in new employees, it is essential to retain them. A solid on-boarding process can help keep well trained and loyal employees on your dairy operation.

Labor and the Contented CowClick to open Labor and the Contented Cow

In 1907, Carnation milk coined the phrase “Milk from Contented Cows”. When the slogan was introduced it was supposed to show the consumer that the milk was coming from superior, well cared for cows, which were taken care of by caring farmers. Farmers today still search to create “the contented cow”, because just as they knew 115 years ago they know today that content cows make more milk. The massive difference between then and now, aside from all the advancements we have made in health, feed, and facilities, is labor.

The Future LeaderClick to open The Future Leader

What makes you hire someone to manage one of your dairies? What brings you to choose to foster growth and leadership within that person?” Lets re-frame the old thought of only a “workhorse”, or “he/she knows cows, “he/she works 14hr. days”. Our industry is shifting and as we grow and strive to be efficient and strategic, our answers should be changing to “what qualities do I want in a good manager?”

Turning Your Parlor Team into a Power TeamClick to open Turning Your Parlor Team into a Power Team

What is the best way to implement changes, gain compliance, and have a power team in our milking parlor? There are a few key factors to explore when you want to create a power team in your parlor:

How do we Tie in and Grow the Buy in?Click to open How do we Tie in and Grow the Buy in?

Training is the key factor to gaining buy-in with the employees, yet we must continue to build a culture of being part of a greater team at the farm level and at the industry level, we can do this through networking. This will allow employees from farms to follow best in class management tactics from other farms and from industry. What do we mean by tie in? Tie-in means that we possess the scientific knowledge and we know the on farm protocols. Yet we must continue to grow the buy-in and there are a number of ways to foster growth and culture within our farms and industry.

Explain the WHY to Create the BUYClick to open Explain the WHY to Create the BUY

Day to day tasks can get daunting, but whether you are a manager, herdsman or owner of a dairy, we know that the routines that take place on farms are essential to productivity and healthy animals. Being that routines are key, and as our industry shifts to highly efficient animals through the use of genetics, nutrition and technology, we are constantly tweaking these routines to achieve the maximum efficiency. But how do we make people effective and efficient?