Maintaining healthy fresh cows is among the top 10 most important factors that can impact a dairy operation’s financial performance, according to dairy consultant Greg Bethard.
Bethard, of G&R Dairy Consulting, in Blacksburg, Va., said fresh cow health “sets the table for everything else on a dairy,” including driving milk production, income over feed costs, pregnancy generation and cow flow. His discussion of the “Keys to a Good P&L” came at a Preconference Symposium sponsored by Prince Agri Products, Inc., at the recent Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop in Grantville, Pa.
“It’s really difficult to have a profitable dairy with fresh cows that aren’t healthy,” he said. “It drives overall herd health, predicts the near-term future and impacts employee morale in a big way.