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Updating Your Herd Health Plan

Clell V. Bagley DVM, Utah State University


Animal health is not sold in a bottle, syringe or sack. It comes as a result of proper management. The increased concentration and movement of cattle and demands for greater production necessitate an improved level of management to maintain cattle health. Management includes five basic, cyclical steps: 1) setting objectives (goals), 2) gathering information, 3) planning (decision making), 4) action (doing it), and 5) evaluation. This process is then recycled repeatedly. The process is the same for health management. If you have a plan that is working well, procedures should not be added nor deleted until given careful consideration, especially for costs and benefits.