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Benchmarking or business opportunity: Using milk recording data to expose your clients' weaknesses

Hanks, J. D. and Goatman, E. H. (2006) Benchmarking or business opportunity: Using milk recording data to expose your clients' weaknesses. Cattle Practice, 14. pp. 41-47. ISSN 0969-1251

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Abstract/Summary

Routine milk recording data, often covering many years, are available for approximately half the dairy herds of England and Wales. In addition to milk yield and quality, these data include production events that can be used to derive objective Key Performance Indicators (KPI) describing a herd's fertility and production. Recent developments in information systems give veterinarians and other technical advisers access to these KPIs on-line. In addition to reviewing individual herd performance, advisers can establish local benchmark groups to demonstrate the relative performance of similar herds in the vicinity. The use of existing milk recording data places no additional demands on farmer's time or resources. These developments could also readily be exploited by universities to introduce veterinary undergraduates to the realities of commercial dairy production.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8625
Uncontrolled Keywords:cow, fertility, benchmarking, key performance indicators, monitoring, performance, management

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