“I recently read the book ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. One key insight that I learned from this book is to get the right people on the bus, get the wrong people off the bus and put the right people in the right place within the bus,” says Christie (Stanley) Underwood, calf and heifer specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition LLC.

Put the right people in the right placeCalf managers can relate to having the right person for the job. For example, it is best that a patient, gentle person feed colostrum to newborns, whereas a fast-paced individual with an eye for detail would be a stronger fit for putting out bottles for calves. The latter ust not let the milk/milk replacer get cold before the calf consumes it, but yet pays attention to calves that are not drinking.

A strong calf manager must balance immediate needs and emergencies on an operation with long-term goals. Assigning the right person for the job is one of those decisions that will affect the long-term success of an operation, Underwood says.