Step 4. Determine what is keeping you from the goal and reduce the barriers.
Just tracking a goal doesn’t make you achieve it, but it can help point to the places where there are failures that prevent you from attaining it regularly. Is there something that Ben is not doing right? Is there a problem with colostrum quality that needs to be solved? Are their standards for colostrum quality high enough?
Before we blame the employees, we need to understand what exactly are the limiting factors to achieving the KPI. It may be that we have to go back to our dry cow program and look at our vaccination plan or nutrition. It may be that our fresh cow protocol does not get cows milked soon enough to yield the highest quality colostrum. Having better information enables you to make better decisions and points the way to solving the problem.
Compare that to just recording that the calves aren’t doing well, but not knowing why that is the case. In situations like that, some producers may blame the weather, change the feeds or blame the employees, all of which tend to be unproductive responses that do not improve the situation.
Productive management involves 1) Setting KPI’s, 2) Making sure that everyone involved knows what they are and their part in achieving them, 3) Measuring the results and holding people accountable to them, and 4) Determining the barriers to achieving the goals consistently.
Why not implement that in at least one area of your operation this week!