Management of livestock operations involves strategic and tactical decisions. Tactical decisions are the "day to day" decisions on individual animals and responses to situations in order to meet the desired goals of the operation. Strategic decisions are also made to meet the desired goals but are longer term and made infrequently. Examples of the latter in a dairy herd are: Should I expand the herd? Should I milk three times a day? A course in herd management should give students experience with both types of decision making and allow the students to see the consequences of their decisions.



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