A perspective on the evaluation of dairy calf rearing operations

  • Jon D. Robison JDR Livestock Management Services, Inc., Caruthers, CA 93609
Keywords: calf evaluation


The basis for evaluation of calf rearing operations is to determine the role of the operational activities in affecting calf growth and development. The evaluation process should include the following; understanding and establishment of expectations for physiological growth and development, unbiased observation of the existing operation, compilation of operational activities and facilities as they relate to observed performance, identification and explanation of strengths and weaknesses, prioritization of corrective measures including impact on the operational function and economics, and a plan for education and implementation of corrective measures with expected outcomes. The evaluative process can help improve the calf rearing operation by focusing the operational activities on quality care of the calf to enable optimal genetic expression.

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