The U.S. dairy industry has changed a lot in the last 25 years, says Gordie Jones, veterinarian and director of herd performance at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana. “But our responsibility remains the same — care for one cow or one calf at a time.”

It doesn’t matter if you milk 40 cows or 4,000 cows, he says. You can get great results as long as you never lose sight of that rule.