Cargill Animal Nutrition has developed a quick-and-simple evaluation form for evaluating conditions at heifer-growing facilities.
The form covers several key areas, including condition of bedding, condition of the feed bunk, quality of feed and animal health. It also allows growers to compare average daily gain and overall performance at multiple sites. (See form at right.)
Bottom-line: It can help heifer-raisers spot potential problems. It also provides feedback to the owners of the heifers.
“The evaluation has opened up the lines of communication and allowed for some candid discussion between the owner, his raisers and the consultant,” says Tom Peterson, dairy focus adviser at Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Submitted by Tom Peterson, dairy focus adviser at Cargill Animal Nutrition.