Milk Recording the Choices

Have you meters or jars? Yes/No

Yes – “Manual” Milk Recording – for herds with meters or jars in the parlour. The milk recorder visits and records the volume of each cow and takes a sample for analysis. There is no extra labour requirement for the farmer.

Herd Owner must use ICAR Approved milk meters or jars (not milk “Indicators”).

No – Electronic-DIY Milk Recording – for herds without meters there is no up-front cost of meters, instead the meters are delivered on the day of recording. With the main benefits being the farmer is in control re: milking time and there is no “stranger” in the pit, also the meter auto samples and agitates.

Recording will give you:

  • Somatic Cell Count, Fat% & Protein% – for each cow
  • Yield of fat, protein and milk calculated
  • A number of farm reports – herd and group averages, trends, individual cow yields and detailed SCC reports for cows, cow groups and the overall herd.

Costs & Schemes

  • Charged per recording
  • Minimum 4 visits for Spring Herd e.g. every 2 months in milking period
  • Minimum 6 visits for All Year Herd e.g. every 2 months
  • If necessary farmers can record every month e.g. if there is a SCC problem it may be beneficial to record more regularly for a period of time.

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The Actual Testing

Our samples are all tested in Independent Milk Labs in Bailieborough, Co. Cavan – where the staff in the lab provide a service 7 days a week, in 10 hour shifts, with one of the main priorities being getting results back farmers as quickly as possible.

We have over 130 Manual Milk Recorders.

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From DIY Milk Recording to Manual Milk Recording, Progressive Genetics offer a number of services in relation to milk.

Progressive Genetics is a Meath based, farmer owned Co-operative with a workforce of over 300, in fact with 3,400 Irish farmer shareholders, it’s the largest farmer owned cattle breeding co-op in the Republic of Ireland.

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