Milk mea­sur­ing sheds new light

Tasmanian Country - - OPINION -

A NEW method of mea­sur­ing milk could of­fer farm­ers a range of in­for­ma­tion on their cows.

Mid-in­frared, or MIR tech­nol­ogy, uses a beam of light to pass through a milk sam­ple to 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 has been stud­ied over the past three years in Aus­tralia. The MIR for Profit pro­ject tested milk twice a month from 2000 com­mer­cial cows from Vic­to­ria, NSW, South Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia with an­other 10,000 cows tested monthly.

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