Have you ever looked at other “bigger, better” dairies and thought “Those guys are so successful… Why can’t we be more like them?”
Have you ever tried to actually answer that question? What did you come up with? What’s their “secret”?
Do you think their milkers “manage themselves”? Do you think their employees follow protocols or just tell everyone to use their “common sense”?
No, being world-class isn’t easy. But it’s probably not as complicated as you might think. If you’re not getting better doing what you’re currently doing, why do you keep trying to make it work? Sure, maybe it “should” work. But if it doesn’t, do something else!
Start with good people, a good plan, and a helluva lot of follow-through. If you’re disciplined enough to keep doing that, pretty soon your neighbors might want to be more like you.