You're busy, and the same goes for others working on a dairy.

All too often what we think at the time we'll commitment to memory fails to be remembered-and then either isn't recorded or is recorded incorrectly. That's why it helps for all workers to carry a pocket notebook and pen so they can write down occurrences such as estrous (heat) observation, injuries, disease symptoms, calvings, breedings, treatments and other miscellaneous information.

These temporary notes should be dated, with time, correct animal identification and other data pertinent to the situation.

While situations noted may or may not require immediate attention, in either case, the note should be made immediately and then transferred to permanent records as soon as possible.