Herd recording

Herd recording provides accurate information to assist farmers in making herd management decisions. Some examples include

  • Which cows to dry off, using individual milk production data.
  • Which animals should be sold, using milk production data
  • For which cows would selective dry-cow therapy be appropriate, using individual cow cell counts.
  • Assess the production level of first-calf heifers to see how well replacements are being reared, using milk production data.
  • Assess herd reproductive performance, using the InCalf Fertility Focus Report
  • Identify actions to improve cell count, using the Mastitis Focus Report
  • Select the best cows to breed from, using Australian Breeding Values (ABVs)

 

More information

Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme Technotes 7: The benefits of herd recording (PDF, 114KB)

Contents include: 

  • Herd recording provides useful information to assist farmers in making herd management decisions.
  • Accurate genetic selection and culling decisions can be made by using herd recording data.

Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme Technotes 10: Production index (PI) (PDF, 157KB)

Contents include:

  • A PI allows you to compare the performance of cows within a herd, based on current lactation information.
  • A cow’s PI and ABVs (including ASI) cannot be compared.
  • Use PI as a tool to cull animals, use ABVs as a tool to breed replacements.