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As Jersey producers work hard to improve profitability and increase efficiency, a key management strategy is to identify areas where improvement is needed. At the same time, you are able to identify the areas where your herd is performing well.

What benefit are you gaining from your current herd management system? Is your heat detection system working? What portion of your herd is pregnant at any given time? Which AI technician gets the most cows in calf? Which cows make you the most money? Which cows cost you the most money?

Maintaining a detailed herd management system may seem like a lot of extra paperwork - time spent at the computer (that could otherwise be spent on a tractor) or perhaps you feel that you are collecting a lot of data, just for the purpose of collecting a lot of data.

But recording and using that data could very well help you to identify that hidden “super cow” who catches on the first breeding, calves with no problems, almost always has a heifer, never gets sick, has a low SCC and milks hard every day. These are cows that might otherwise fade into background - but that are no doubt profitable.

Accurate herd records, including breeding and calving details, will make submitting registrations easier for you and the Jersey Canada staff and will also give you confidence in your day-to-day management decisions. After all, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.

Do you have questions? Talk to our Registrar: (519) 821-1020 ext 101.


When farms are due for a Food Safety (CQM) validation, their compliance with the Animal Care and Livestock Traceability requirements will be evaluated as well. This means that farmers must meet the mandatory requirements related to traceability:  Premises ID, Animal ID and Animal Movement.

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