One of our trainers from UK had a real good question: How do I get farmers to change things? He gives us three scenarios that happen most frequently:
1. Changing the feed neck rail
"I see neck rubs throughout the herd. Responses from farmers include: 'they are no different to anyone else’s' and 'the hair grows back quickly in summer anyway' "
2. Taking out 2 lots of head to head cubicle spaces to create a cross over
"Responses from farmers mainly are that they do not see the financial gain to do this, to make the initial cost changes and then also to be able to have less cows in that shed."
3. Cleaning water troughs
"This one blows my mind! Cleaning water troughs. They won’t do it!"
Who can gives some advise on one or more of these scenarios?
What do you do to get farmers to change? What would motivate you to change?
Check our follow-up blog 'This is how we get farmers to change' for a mix of your suggestions and some suggestions of our own.