6000 Setting Goals to Improve Breeding Strategies | UGA Cooperative Extension

William M. Graves1

Problem identification

Problem identification is the first step in establishing objectives and goals to improve reproductive management in a dairy herd. Management is determining what must be done and achieving results through the efforts of yourself and your employees.

Use the following worksheet to evaluate herd reproductive performance and set goals to improve your breeding strategies. Then develop a tactical plan to achieve these goals using the second worksheet. List those involved on your management team and their responsibilities. Include your extension agent, veterinarian and other consultants.

Herd Summary Reproductive Management Worksheet
Name: _______________________________________ Herd Code: __________________________
Using your herdâ??s DHI information, identify the following:
  Your Herd Southeast Average Goal
Preg Rate Current ________ 12.4 > 20
Actual Calving Interval ________ 14.4 < 13.5
Days to First Service ________ 105 85
First Service Conception Rate ________ 49 > 55
% Bred to Proven Bulls ________ 61 > 85
% Bred Non-AI ________ 35 < 15
% Heifers with Sire ID ________ 79
100
% Birth Difficulty ________ 5.5
< 5
# Calves per 100 Calves ________ 84
> 90
% Left Herd for Repro ________ 6.1
< 6.5
SCC Score ________ 3.5 < 3
% Dry < 40 Days ________ 15 < 10
% Dry > 70 Days ________ 31 < 20

Next, you need a plan.

Use the following form to better define your goals. Tasks should be precise and itemized for each plan of action. Tasks describe exactly who, what, when, where and how activities will take place in order to accomplish each goal.

Finally, remember that re-training is essential. Your goals should be important to the overall breeding strategies of the operation. Assign the right person to each task. Consider a pay incentive for completing each task or accomplishing each goal. Make sure with your plan you know what is going to be measured, who is going to do it, when it should be done, and how you are going to know things are better.

--------Goal---------- What task or
activities
are to be done?
Who is
responsible?
How and/or
where should
the task be done?
When to perform task or activity (deadline,
frequency, under
what conditions)
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1 Extension Dairy Scientist


Status and Revision History
Published on May 01, 2002
Published on Feb 03, 2009
Published with Minor Revisions on May 21, 2009
Published with Minor Revisions on May 21, 2012
Published with Full Review on Mar 28, 2017

Faculty
William Graves Professor Emeritus, Animal & Dairy Science
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