Profitability of a dairy calf and heifer enterprise rests, in part, on key processes being done correctly on a consistent basis. For example, most dairies have adopted the protocol of feeding four quarts of clean, high-quality colostrum within the first four hours of a calf’s life.

However, we all know that there will always be differences between what we plan and what actually happens on a dairy farm. Finding these differences or deviations when they are small is more profitable than waiting until serious problems surface.

Consistent monitoring of worker performance identifies these deviations. Good worker training helps eliminate them.

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    Source: Sam Leadley, Calving Ease, June 2012