Importance of Herd and Animal Testing

LIC is expecting to process 1.3 million milk samples for herd testing in the next 30 days and 2 million by the end of the 2020 milking season.

These tests provide vital data to farmers on the performance and health of each cow making them critical at this time of year for a number of reasons including:

  • Management of somatic cell count: This enables farmers to decide the appropriate dry cow antibiotic use or otherwise. The herd test service will also invariably allow farmers to continue milking if they are currently challenged by daily somatic cell count status. Forced dry off decisions will impact regional milk flows.
  • Milk pregnancy testing: There is a significant increased interest in this means of detecting pregnancy within dairy herds as it seen to be preferable over having other personnel on farm at this time.
  • Johne's disease testing: On many farms this has become an annual testing regime which has critical animal welfare implications if the disease is not detected and cows managed appropriately.

For more information call 0800 837 843 (0800 TEST HD) or email minda@lic.co.nz