Sometimes a calf-care task, like bottle washing, becomes so automatic that performance starts to get sloppy.

That’s why it can be useful to have someone else watch you do your job, says Sam Leadley, calf-care expert with Attica (N.Y) Veterinary Associates. “This is especially true for jobs that are critical to keeping calves alive, healthy and rapidly growing,” he adds.

“The objective is not to point fingers,” Leadley says, but rather to find the “sloppy spots” before they turn into bad habits that can hurt calf health and performance.