Many calf ranches run serum-protein profiles on the animals received to determine if the animals were given adequate colostrum at birth. That has proven to be an opportunity for Dairy Dreams, a 1,500-cow facility in northeast Wisconsin that sends calves to one such calf ranch.

Dairy Dreams keeps track of which employee fed which calves. That way, if any animals are reported to be deficient in total protein, the Dairy Dreams managers can trace them back to a particular employee.

“This has been a pretty effective tool,” says Dairy Dreams co-owner Don Niles. It’s another means of feedback. The people who work in the maternity pen are a “pretty motivated group, and no one likes to under-perform compared to the others,” he adds.