I've been trying to build fortresses that produce sheep and bees. It's not too bad, but I have to manually micromanage milking, shearing, cheese- and mead-making.
I can assign these tasks to individual workshops, but the moment the dwarves are unable to do a task, it gets cancelled, so I have to reassign it manually some time later. Or I can assign tasks via the manager, but then orders to the same workshop seem to stack up, so until n orders of shearing are completed, dwarves won't try to milk my sheep or make cheese. Both require significant micromanagement, which I can imagine only gets worse as the fortress grows.
What can I do to make these production chains (also: butchering by-products) handle themselves, so I can direct my attention elsewhere?