One dairy producer who has experienced the C.O.W.S. program first-hand is Steve Harnish, co-owner of Central Manor Dairy of Washington Boro, Pa. Harnish and his family partners milk approximately 200 cows three times a day in an operation that features both free-stall and compost-bedded-pack housing.
“I’ve found the C.O.W.S. program to be very effective in measuring metrics on the farm that directly affect cow comfort and operational profitability,” Harnish says. “As dairy farmers, I think we all tend to be a bit biased towards our own facilities and management. We assume this is as good as it gets, or this is all I’m capable of. But the C.O.W.S. program provides us with an independent unbiased perspective that’s important to help us identify areas of improvement that we might not recognize on our own.
“I would definitely recommend the C.O.W.S. program to other producers,” Harnish adds. “It can verify strengths but it also identifies problem areas that can be addressed to achieve higher production and greater efficiency and profitability.”
More information about the C.O.W.S. program can be obtained through Novus representatives or by visiting www.NovusCows.com. Learn more about oxidative balance in dairy cows by visiting the web site www.dairybalance.com.