Almost every business no matter the type, will have a business plan. This will be reviewed regularly and production figures will be compared on a year on year basis and any changes assessed as to whether they have made any improvement to the business.
As health is one of the biggest factors affecting profitability on a farm it makes sound sense to have a Health Plan in a similar way to a business plan.
The Health Plan is not just a document to satisfy farm assurance needs although it also carries out this function. It is a dynamic and changing Plan that looks to the future and details what will happen on the farm to improve productivity and profitability. It will require the recording of key information so that progress can be measured year on year and this also helps monitor whether changes made have been worthwhile.
We have various health planning tools available, these systems also help process the data. One of the systems is called the Scottish Animal Health Planning system, further information can be found at www.sahps.co.uk.
Each Health Plan is tailored to the individual farm and focuses on whatever that units main concerns are.
For the health planning process to be successful we must collect production data, monitor the information gathered and make changes as required. In the suckler herd there are key times in the production cycle when it makes sense to review data; events such as mating, scanning, calving and weaning are good times to take stock.
Farm data can be compared against similar enterprises and industry targets to make sure we’re moving in the right direction.
If you would like to discuss implementing a health plan on your farm, please contact the surgery.