On­line tool in­stant hit with dairy farm­ers

Irish Examiner - Farming - - TECHNOLOGY FOCUS -

The open­ness of dairy farm­ers to new tech­nol­ogy was clear last week, when more 1,000 her­down­ers quickly checked out a new on­line sup­port tool that in­stantly ranks dairy cows on their ex­pected fu­ture profit po­ten­tial, based on the most up-to-date in­for­ma­tion avail­able.

Last week, ICBF and Tea­gasc launched COW (Cow’s Own Worth), to aid farm­ers in cow culling and re­ten­tion de­ci­sions.

Within two days, it had been ac­cessed by more than 1,000 dif­fer­ent her­down­ers.

It is part of the HerdPlus pack­age, with no ad­di­tional cost, avail­able through HerdPlus for dairy herds that are spring-calv­ing and cur­rently milk record­ing, with some data record­ing on fer­til­ity and health events (such as in­sem­i­na­tions/nat­u­ral serves or preg­nancy scans, lame­ness and mas­ti­tis).

Within sec­onds, it con­sid­ers fac­tors such as the cow’s ge­netic merit (es­ti­mated breed­ing val­ues and hy­brid vigour), age, milk per­for­mance, health per­for­mance, most re­cent calv­ing date, and pre­dicted calv­ing date from avail­able in­sem­i­na­tions or preg­nancy di­ag­no­sis, and ranks them on the ba­sis of profit po­ten­tial.

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