Brainstorm and agree on aspects to improve
Why is the brainstorm so important?
Health challenges in livestock farming most often have several related, major and minor factor that contribute both to the problem and the solution. Similarly if you want to focus on increasing productivity levels on the farm there are often multiple proverbial buttons and levers to tweak. The brainstorm with the team members can than allow to dig deeper in the underlying causes for the superficial perceived challenge or goal. See the examples for broiler – dairy cows and sheep- pigs. The background, knowledge, experience and creativity of the different team members will shed different lights on the issue at hand and provide insight into possible solutions in the different aspects of the problem. This way you can investigate whether you can tackle a problem through adaptations in feed, management, genetics, housing, biosecurity, disease prevention and which combination of aspects suits best the context of the farm and farmer.
How to brainstorm effectively with your team?
Disregarding the specific method you want to apply in the brainstorm, there are some general principles and conditions that need to be met: