Management culture reflects what is the situation on many farms today, that milking, as well as other tasks that relate to quality milk, are done primarily by non-family employees. How owners and managers train, equip, provide feedback and communicate with employees certainly is related to the performance of those employees. Management that builds the teamwork of engaged employees to achieve goals is the owner’s responsibility. It would be difficult to maintain good milk quality where employees do not take pride in producing quality milk, or when they do not remain on the farm long enough to grow in their knowledge as well as their commitment.
The QMA is developing an evaluation system to accurately identify the highest risk areas for mastitis on a dairy farm, and make meaningful recommendations to address them in a cost-effective manner. The expectation is that if a producer is able to make improvements in these areas, milk quality will improve, and the improvement in udder health will mean less use of antibiotics for a disease for which prevention is the best means of control.
If you would like to learn more about the Quality Milk Alliance or mastitis control, please visit http://qualitymilkalliance.com.