Establish standard operating procedures
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Posted by: Dairy Calf & Heifer Association
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operating procedures (SOPs) help employees understand the work expected of
them. It is important to provide written protocols, demonstrate the procedures
contained in them and set a good example for employees.
According to the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, the objective of an SOP is to:
The Dairy Animal
Care & Quality Assurance (DACQA) Certification program advocates the
use of SOPs that enhance and demonstrate quality animal care and
It also supports appropriate training and periodic evaluation of employees
for skills in animal care and handling procedures. Training and
periodic review of employees encourages proper implementation of the practices
outlined in the SOP, and ultimately influences beef quality and safety.
It is recommended that you establish and
review standard operating procedures annually, revising them as necessary. For
further information on training employees in animal care and handling SOPs, see
IV-D in the DACQA manual.
The Dairy Calf & Heifer
Standards III also recommends developing SOPs
for all procedures and training personnel in correct techniques upon hiring as
well as reviewing SOPs with your veterinarian and employees quarterly.
DACQA is a
voluntary, national certification program intended to enhance and demonstrate
quality animal care practices that assure food safety, quality and value as
well as enhance consumer confidence in the milk and beef products harvested
from cattle on America’s dairy farms.
is the only national association dedicated to serving the dairy calf and heifer
industry. The association strives to provide information, education and access
to leading research and technology to its members and the calf and heifer