NZ dairy database step closer
A national dairy database, that will include animal performance data from customers of herd recording companies such as Livestock Improvement Corporation’s (LIC) and CRV Ambreed and data collected by breed societies, is one step closer.
Animal genetics company LIC will transfer their Dairy Core Database to DairyNZ later this year and be part of the Dairy Industry Good Animal Database (DIGAD).
‘‘DIGAD is a new database that will hold the New Zealand Core Database, all the data required for animal breeding evaluation purposes and some additional data for industry research,’’ DairyNZ’s chief executive Dr Tim Mackle said.
‘‘Our aim has been to enhance the national genetic evaluation system for farmers so we can identify the best sires and cows,’’ he said.
Nationally collated data helps dairy farmers improve their livestock and is also good for financial benchmarking, he said.
He said industry organisations, like DairyNZ, need access to collated data so they can also evaluate things like breeding worth for dairy cattle and forage value index for ryegrass.
The genetic improvement of dairy cattle, through databases, is estimated to have contributed $310 million each year to the national dairy industry, he said.