8. Cleanliness: Learn and follow cleaning and disinfecting protocols at all times. Be consistent and aware of the importance of this.
9. Proper calf weaning protocols: Be able to identify calves that are ready to be weaned and follow weaning protocols at all times. Also, be able to identify problem or weak calves before weaning.
10. Good communication skills: Good communication with managers and other co-workers is critical to the success of any calf program. Monitoring and record keeping systems will help improve communication and developing a daily, weekly and monthly communication system is important.
Before hiring your calf manager for your new group-housed calf system, assess the type of abilities and skills that your calf manager will need in order to succeed at the job. And then be ready to put applicants to the test using various testing stations where they can show you what they are really capable of observing and doing.
As a manager, you won’t be able to do much about a person’s abilities to do a job. This is why the hiring process is so important, to ensure that the candidate with the right abilities is selected. The more prepared you are as a manager by clearly understanding the job, and having a written job description and protocols, the better chances you will have of hiring the right candidate for the job.
In summary, assess the person’s abilities for the job and also determine whether he/she has the right skills. But remember, as long as the candidate has the right abilities for the job, then with good training and coaching you can help the person develop the right skills.
Felix Soriano is a labor management/human resource consultant with APN Consulting LLC, Warrington, Pa. Contact him via phone: 215-738-9130, email: email@example.com or visit www.apndairy.com.