A recently published survey of high-producing herds in Michigan doesn’t reveal any silver-bullet strategies for milk production. Instead, researchers found that the managers of 18 herds with annual rolling herd averages of more than 28,000 pounds consistently paid a lot of attention to many fine details at once.

The diets, nutrient composition and ingredients fed by these herds were not unusual, says Herb Bucholtz, MichiganStateUniversity extension dairy specialist. “However, all herd managers emphasized a high degree of daily attention to feeding, nutrition and overall herd management. They managed with a high degree of intensity and paid attention to all aspects of managing the herd.”