New milk test finds cow data
A NEW method of measuring milk could offer dairy farmers a whole range of information on their cows.
Mid-infrared, or MIR technology, uses a beam of light to pass through a milk sample which could potentially give information on a cow’s fertility, health, energy balance, methane emissions and feed efficiency – all from a single test result.
Dairy farmers could use the information to manage their herds, including culling and selection decisions.
MIR analysis has been researched over the past three years in Australia after preliminary work in Europe. The MIR for Profit project, backed by the Rural Research and Development for Profit program, looked at how MIR technology could be used by dairy farmers to improve the management.
Jennie Pryce, principal research scientist with LaTrobe University said the three-year project could turn herd testing “on its head”.
“Herd testing gives information on fat, protein and cell counts.”
RESEARCH: Dairy cow performance and health can be determined through a new milk test using MIR technology.