NZ dairy data­base step closer

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

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.

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