However, FHMS-SA looks at these differences as opportunities to bring new value to clients. Rather than trying to over-extrapolate what is most cost-effective for Canada/U.S. feedlot production and trying to force them into areas of South Africa feedlot production where the external validity of doing so may be limited, FHMS-SA will use the same science-based, commercial field trial validated approach to identifying and implementing the most cost-effective production strategies for South African feedlots as FHMS and FHMS-USA do in Canada and the U.S.
BV: Do you think we'll see more U.S. food animal veterinary businesses (beef or dairy) collaborating with other practices in other countries in the future?
Booker/Hentzen: There are already several U.S. food animal veterinary businesses that do provide consulting services in other countries and it is likely that this is a trend that will continue in the future. However, in order to have sustainable collaborations or partnerships between Canada/U.S. veterinary businesses and businesses based in other countries, there needs to be good alignment between the parties involved so that it creates a "win-win-win" scenario for everyone, including clients. This is a huge challenge, but with the right mix of business philosophies, people involved, and opportunities that arise, there will likely be more of these types of collaborations in the future.