Herd Health understand how farms work. The fundamental farming problem is how to efficiently combine resources, labour and capital profitably and ethically. This is universal to all farming systems. Good farmers innately know how to do this in a way that is compatible with their desired lifestyle. The problems of farming are becoming increasingly complicated and the margins from farming continue to be squeezed. Increasingly, more farmers are using automation and relying on data to support their decision making. We understand that ‘while it is easy to lie with statistics, it is even easier to lie without them’ (Hans Kuhn).
Our understanding of farming systems ranges across animal health, nutrition, pasture production and economics. We are systems scientists. This means we understand the complexity of farms and how all components (e.g. genetics, nutrition, disease etc.) combine to determine performance. We know how these components can be manipulated in combination to offset unsatisfactory performance in other components of the farm. We rely on data to inform decision making and use local data to present information to our clients in ways that best help them to make decisions on managing their farm.