LIC | Herd Recording Requirements


Herd Recording Requirements

Herd recording requirements are regulated by the New Zealand Standard of Dairy Herd Testing.  As a Certified Herd Testing provider, LIC must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the standard is adhered to. 

What does this mean for you if you Herd Test?

Recording your herd

  • 95% of all animals (aged 2 years or older, currently lactating & physically on the property) must be identified on the core database i.e. entered on MINDA
  • 100% of animals (aged 2 years or older, currently lactating & physically on the property) are recorded on the database within 90 calendar days of them calving or by the second herd test of the season, whichever is earlier.


Calving data

  • At least 75% of lactating cows should have their latest calving date recorded at the time of the first herd test. 
  • 100% of lactating cows should have their latest calving date recorded on the database within 90 calendar days of their calving or by the second test of the lactation, whichever is the earlier.

Resolution of Queries

In order to receive full component herd testing results, the recording requirements above must be met by the farmer. 

Where queries are not resolved in 150 days and the recording requirements above are not met, the test will be considered Somatic Cell Count (SCC) only. 

Time Limit for Resolution

Some queries can take longer than 90 calendar days, so all queries need to be resolved within 150 calendar days of the test taking place. Updating records after 150 days will not result in the herd test data being published or the core database being updated. The results for that test will be permanently suppressed.

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