Your tagging and calving records must be up to date in MINDA to receive your full herd test results, as required by the New Zealand Standard: Dairy Herd Testing (NZS8100:2015).
The standard sets out what certified herd testers and farmers must do to meet the objectives of the Dairy Industry Herd Testing Regulations, which are administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Under the standard, you have 150 days to update your records. After that, we are required to permanently delete the test results from our system. However, you can still access the information about somatic cell counts in your Lab Strip report.
Accurate data increases the productivity of the national herd
As a certified herd tester, we are required to send accurate data from every herd test to the New Zealand Dairy Core Database. The database holds information about the productivity of every dairy cow in New Zealand. It is an important tool for improving the genetic makeup of the national herd.
The value of the database depends on the quality of the data in it.
To get accurate data we need access to your most recent calving and tagging records in MINDA. If your records aren’t up to date we can’t release your full herd test results. That means you lose out on valuable information and so does the industry as a whole, as we can’t send your test results to the Dairy Core Database.
Recording requirements to receive the full herd test results
You must meet the following herd recording requirements for all lactating animals on your property to receive the full results from your herd test:
At least 95% of lactating cows must be tagged and recorded in MINDA.
At least 75% of lactating cows should have the date of their latest calving recorded in MINDA.
Updating your records after the test
If your tagging and calving records are not up to date at the time of the herd test you can update them in the next 150 days. The sooner you update them the sooner you’ll get the full herd test results — and the more useful the results will be.