Milk measuring sheds new light
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.