Farmer Comment on MILK RECORDING

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy
Farmers views on Milk Recording: 
Brendan Meade, Meath (pedigree herd of 172 Holstein Friesian cows delivered 505kg of milk solids in 2016)
"We record nine months of the year, right up to December." For Brendan milk recording is a hugely useful tool which, for him, “you’re working blind” without. Brendan uses the data to identify problem cows, having SCC issues, but also cows that are not performing in terms milk solids, which is key data for Brendan in terms of selection of cows or heifers to keep.

Seamus Knox, Kilkenny (a young pedigree herd of 150 Holstein Friesian cows delivered 485kg of milk solids in 2016)

"It’s deceiving; we have always milk recorded. We’ve milk recorded longer than we’ve been pedigree and we’re 30 years pedigree. I often think that for people who never milk record – when they start – some of their cows will really surprise them. There are always cows that don’t look like they have ‘milk’ that perform.

We have one cow in particular, a handy cow, and you wouldn’t think it to look at her but she is our top performer. She is putting out the kilograms of milk solids and only for milk recording you just wouldn’t know”.

Milk recording also plays a huge role in selecting heifers to be retained in the herd – based both on dam solids and SCC – and culling of under-performing cows.

Robert Hovendon, Laois (a young herd of 140 Holstein Friesian cows delivered 527kg of milk solids in 2017)

Cows are milk recorded four times each year using Progressive Genetics’ EDIY Meters.

Last year’s SCC of 73,000 cells/ml was excellent. The herd’s exceptional SCC will allow for a less difficult transition to selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) in the future.

Simon (Robert's nephew), who was a 2017 Young Farmer of the Year finalist, believes that some SDCT would work as things stand. However, Robert hasn’t gotten to that point yet, but the herd is in a great position to start.

Jerry Moloney, Tipperary (a young herd of 100 Holstein Friesian cows delivered 583kg of milk solids in 2017)

Jerry milk records four times a year, but he’s not yet ready to use selective dry cow therapy (SDCT).

Although his somatic cell count (SCC) has been under 100,000 cells/ml for the last couple of years, milk recording results are monitored and Cephaguard short-withdrawal dry cow tubes are used. In the early years, there were a number of old cows and SCC was a serious issue.

However, Jerry is very much aware that SDCT is something that he’s going to do. “It’s something I am going to have to do and something we’re all going to have to do, but not yet. Dealing with a high SCC has just stuck in my head. I have the problem nailed down now.”
See below video with Jack Kennedy speaks to Padraig Ryan, a Limerick dairy farmer about Milk Recording (May 2015).



Why Milk Record?

  • To allow you to reduce Somatic Cell Counts (& save on dry cow therapy etc.)

  • To increase overall milk value A+B-C

  • To improve management information 

  • To access quick & simple disease testing for your herd (& preganancy)

  • To increase the value of your herd 

  • Milk recording is becoming more important with SDCT on the horizon




Please feel free to get in touch and we can get the ball rolling on your next Milk Recording.

Milk Recording Supervisor Louise Knight 087-2505723 or Office on 01-4502142


Posted on Friday, 11 May 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics
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