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Production records allow a farmer to combine many different records, like the feed, health and breeding, to determine how well his or her animals are making money.

A production record for a dairy cow may look like this:

Cow number Date born Year Milk produced/Year Year Milk produced/Year
45 12/5/95 2000 16,000 pounds 1997 18,000 pounds
This information would show a farmer that cow 45 is not making as much milk this year has she has in the past. When compared to the rest of the cows, if cow 45 is making more milk than most of the other ones, then she is still making money.