A sound cow-monitoring program helps you make wise management decisions, says Walt Guterbock, veterinarian and manager of a 3,000-cow dairy in Ravenna, Mich. A good monitoring program is one that:

  • Provides a clear definition of what you’re trying to monitor.
  • Gives you an answer quickly so that you can make immediate changes in areas that need improvement.
  • Is actually used to make decisions.