DataGene — the dairy industry’s new organisation to drive herd improvement — has released two new tools to make it easier for farmers to use herd records for management decisions.
The HerdData App and the Herd Test Dashboard are the first tools to be released by DataGene since it took over the roles of genetic evaluation (formerly ADHIS) and herd recording software development in 2016.
HerdData is a smartphone app that makes it easy for farmers to enter herd records from a mobile device, and DataGene chief executive officer Dr Matt Shaffer said the app would save farmers making notes in the paddock or dairy and then entering them onto the farm computer.
‘‘Most farmers have smartphones now so the HerdData app is a convenient way to capture information wherever you are. It also allows the farmer to view key information about individual cows that might be needed in the paddock or dairy,’’ Dr Schaffer said.
The Herd Test Dashboard is a new report for those dairy farmers who herd test, providing a picture of what’s happening at the herd level.
‘‘It provides a herd level summary focusing on indicators for acidosis/ketosis, mastitis and re-calving. While some of this information has been available in individual cow reports, the Dashboard enables farmers and their vet or nutritionist to monitor trends across the herd. The Dashboard includes alerts enabling farmers to take action early, before clinical signs are observed,’’ Dr Schaffer said.
The Dashboard is available free though herd test centres, while the HerdData app is available from the ‘GooglePlay’ and ‘iTunes’ stores.
■For more information about Herd Data or the Herd Test Dashboard, phone Tony Francis at DataGene on 0429 006 478 or email [email protected]