The cow deserves a ‘life worth living’, the farmer deserves to make a living, and the consumer deserves to buy food that is both safe and aligns with their life choices. Here, vet and herd-performance consultant, Martin Kavanagh outlines the critical elements that are key to managing a successful farm system
A practical approach to managing a successful farm system requires an understanding of the critical elements that contribute to the above sustainability goals, prevent disease risk, and promote individual cow wellbeing and health. The elements include cows that are genetically fit for purpose for the chosen system, a farm environment that allows cows to express their genetic potential and remain healthy, a feed management system that exploits the farm feed resource and maintains cow health and longevity, and the ability and skills of the people on the farm to make the best use of these elements.
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