An anonymous Californian dairy had a calf mortality rate of 5-10%, this was worse than the industry average (less than 5%). A benchmarking partner with 1% calf mortality was selected. A cause and effect diagram representing the high mortality of calves was developed, each factor in the diagram was observed in the benchmarking partner for comparison. Statistics of age of calf at mortality in both dairies suggested that there were similarities. Calf mortality was greatest in the first week of life...

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14.2.4 Conduct best practice/ process benchmarking

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