In its March 25, 2009 issue, Hoard’s Dairyman, featured an article written by Charles E. Gardner, D.V.M. acknowledging that many farm managers are scrutinizing their operations looking for ways to cut costs or boost income during these tough economic times. In this article, the author cautions the reader to be very careful not to lose production as a result of cuts since it is very difficult to recover even a few pounds of lost production.
A veterinarian with a MBA, and business development manager with Cargill Animal Nutrition Consulting Services, Gardner identifies and discusses these six key areas that deserve major attention:
- Provide a continuous supply of a high-quality ration.
- Have a sound and consistent milking routine.
- Optimize cow comfort.
- Follow an effective reproductive program.
- Have a sound transition cow program.
- Have a consistent source of high-quality replacements.
To read the complete reprint of Gardner’s In good times and bad, these areas deserve major attention article as featured in the March 25, 2009 issue of the Hoard’s Dairyman.