Minimizing death rates is one of the top ways to maximize dairy profits, according to a recent financial analysis.1 Lower death rates are generally an indicator of good animal husbandry skills. And overall animal husbandry skills are in the hands of your employees.
The true cost of death loss
The value of reducing death rates can be significant — $138 per cow per year, or 7 pounds of milk per cow per day.1,* That’s among the findings from a field study by Zoetis and Compeer Financial that analyzed 11 years of herd data from 489 year-end financial and production-record summaries.
Minimizing losses starts with your people
All data in this study point to death rates and net farm income being positively influenced by a well-trained, qualified and invested workforce. It’s true that your people are your greatest asset. They also can be your greatest liability if not properly led, trained or, rather, inspired.
Because managing employees can be one of the most complicated challenges on a dairy, here are a few places to start when looking to improve animal husbandry and minimize death rates:
Learn more here about death rates and other Dairy Financial Drivers impacting net herd income.
* Zoetis/Compeer Financial study results based on average herd size of 1,087. This study compared the death rates between the top one-third of herds researched with the bottom one-third of herds.
1 Lormore M. What Drives Financial Success on a Dairy? Parsippany, NJ: Zoetis; 2018.