AUSTRALIAN Herd Recording Services
AUSTRALIAN Herd Recording Service

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In response to Industry demand, Rod and Maxine Brasher of WESTSIDE AB, Bunbury have arranged for the provision of an alternative recording service for WA dairy farmers through Australian Herd Recording Services (AHRS).

AHRS has specially tailored flexible services to integrate the changing and varied needs of WA farm managers needs as well as the Progeny Testing and "Industry Good" obtained from herd recording.


TRADITIONAL SYSTEM
The traditional method involving two milking samplings with milk production measurements is available, but systems have also been designed to take advantage of new electronic data collection technology which makes recording simpler and easier while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.

To quote the Conclusion of a 1997 research paper written by Tim Clarke of Ellinbank Research Centre in which the accuracy of various different types of herd recording systems were compared,

"The use of testing regimes that involve ......... testing a sample at only one milking per month ............were all only slightly less accurate than our traditional regime (of taking a composite sample from both milkings)..............they also provide the opportunity for a cell count sample each month. (so the)....CHOICE OF TESTING FREQUENCY WOULD THEN APPEAR TO BE DICTATED BY THE FREQUENCY WITH WHICH A FARMER NEEDS TO MONITOR SOMATIC CELL COUNT". (emphasis added)

COMBINES HERD MANAGEMENT NEEDS WITH INDUSTRY NEEDS
As AHRS policy is not governed by capital investment made in a testing laboratory expecting production measurements and samples to be tested for the traditional three components at each recording, we have developed services geared to maximise farmer benefit rather than optimising a service provider's return on capital invested.

By using modern milk meters and electronic data capture on farm we are able to integrate the more frequent farm management need for cell count tests as a milk quality monitor with Progeny Testing and "Industry Good" of full production recording as well as reduce the hassle of herd recording.

REGULAR RECORDINGS
This service option entails monthly testing with full production recording including protein, fat and cell count tests every second month and cell count tests only each alternate month. Samples are taken at one milking only but production measured at both to enable accurate fat% adjustment. No adjustment is needed for protein% and cell count testing enables accurate ranking of the high and low cell count cows.

 

SUITABLE FOR PROGENY TESTING
This testing regime also supplies accurate information for Progeny Testing with research showing it to be approximately 90% as accurate in calculating an ABV.

ACCURATE LACTATION YIELD CALCULATIONS
Lactation yields are almost as accurate as ten recordings. Detailed information on the comparison of different testing regimes is available through the National Herd Improvement Scheme website www.nhia.org


ECONOMICAL
For those farmers requiring the added stringency of full production recording every month, with protein, fat and cell count tests and Production Reports provided at every recording this service is also available at no extra charge.

RELEVANT PRODUCTION INDEX
In line with changing payment systems a Solids Production Index is provided as a single index with a 70% weighting on protein to simplify the selection process.

HOW IT IS DONE
Each cow's milk production is measured during milking using specially designed ICAR approved milk meters, recorded electronically and samples taken into easy to use 25 mL screw cap bottles pre-prepared with preservative.

No flasks to number or change and no searching through sheets of paper for flask numbers or having to find the correct positions in crates AND no labels to print as bar codes are provided for sticking on the bottles. No paperwork with electronic recording.

Preserved, chilled samples in bar coded bottles are placed into specially designed insulated transporters, delivered to the local courier and air freighted overnight to Melbourne for testing at Dairy Technical Services (DTS) herd recording laboratory*.


*(DTS has been operating a sophisticated dairy product analysis laboratory for the Victorian dairy industry for over 30 years and has been providing a national herd recording milk analysis service for the past six years. They are NATA registered, use Foss Electric testing machines and have a high level of Quality Assurance.)

PROVEN SYSTEM
Samples are transported by Australian Air Express (AaE) - owned by Qantas and Australia Post - system has been well proven over past five years with nearly a million samples having being sent from as far north as Cairns in North Queensland by Atherton Tableland dairy farmers. AaE also has excellent local infrastructure in WA. Information processed and returned by email day after recording.


HIGHLY ACCURATE
Bar coding of sample bottles ensures absolute integrity in assignment of test results to individual cows and electronic transfer of production figures and event dates ensures the highest possible accuracy.

 


ADHIS COMPATIBLE
Data supplied to Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) for calculation of Cow and Bull ABV's as approved by farmer. Cow ABV's supplied free of charge to farmer. Service suitable for progeny test schemes conducted by all AB companies. Data supplied to Breed Societies or other organisations in ADHIS Standard Format on request by farmer free of charge. All data confidential.

LOW PRICES

Pricing most competitive @ $9.70 per cow per lactation plus normal herd fee only payable when herd is recorded. Only pay for fresh cows when transferring from other services.



PCFARM HERD MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Windows based PCFarm herd management program also available as an integrated part of the herd recording data collection system and also as a a complete herd management tool.

SEAMLESS DATA COMMUNICATIONS

Hand held computer with special data collection and data retrieval program plus seamless data communication to farm PC and herd recording computer and return eliminates hand writing of data and means it is only entered once.

ELECTRONIC COW ID

Electronic ID systems also available as complete systems or modular units starting with cow ID and progressing to feeding systems, electronic meters and drafting as required.
Can also be integrated with herd recording data collection system.


Further information and free confidential quote contact:
WESTSIDE AB
PO BOX 1314
BUNBURY, 6231
phone 9725 2855
fax 9725 2859
email westsideab@bigpond.com

AHRS

freecall 1800 241 669
freefax 1800 623 631
email office@dairyconsult.com

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