Deb Connelly – Waikato
We started dairy farming 5 years ago. Since then we have always been looking for new ways to improve our farming practices and our herd, and have consistently worked with LIC to achieve this. Four years ago we started nominating our best cows, utilising LIC’s knowledge and expertise to pick the bulls that are right for our cows and our herd. We are seeing the improvements of these matings coming through into the herd and are very impressed with the contribution they are making now and will continue to through their progeny in generations to come.
MINDA LIVE has also made significant improvements to our management practices. It just keeps getting better all the time and during the last season I have definitely enjoyed some of the new features. The reports have especially saved a lot of time because of the ability to create, save and edit our own custom groups and reports. We can highlight cows and rank a particular group based on any particular attribute. It has made culling and mob sorting decisions so much easier and faster than previous years.
Last year we installed Protrack into our shed. It is absolutely wonderful! From everyday drafting individual cows (e.g. lame or AI cows during mating) to drafting groups of cows for specific purposes (e.g. CIDR cows). We lease our own runoff block, so dry off cows and bring them home in small groups. Protrack has just been a life-saver over the last few weeks. We can set up groups in MINDA LIVE days before, and at the end of milking we will have our 3 groups of cows (teat seal only, antibiotic and teat seal, and milking cows) all ready and waiting. I then have an accurate record of who received what treatment and exactly when those cows went out to grazing.
We will continue to look for new ways to improve our herd and management practices and will keep an eye on LIC’s innovations.
My dream for the future is to one day move to Genemark DNA testing of our herd to ensure the total accuracy of our records.