Lamb Farms, Oakfield, N.Y., keeps a monthly calf-treatment log. The log helps them monitor the effectiveness of their treatment protocols and control treatment cost, explains Kristen Merle, calf manager with the dairy’s calf and heifer enterprise.
Each time a calf receives treatment, it is entered into a handheld palm pilot. Data are then transferred to a computer in the office. Each month, Merle and the management team print out what treatments were given and the cost. They use the records to evaluate how well each treatment protocol works, as well as compare treatment cost from one month to the next.