Herd testing provides timely,
valuable insights into your herd and is an essential tool when making decisions
on farm during challenging environmental conditions.
cows to dry-off
DairyNZ’s SmartSAMM guideline recommends drying off cows as soon as
their production reaches 5 litres or less. This is due to milk quality towards
the end of their lactation. Cows producing 5 litres or less per day may have
elevated cell counts as the number of cells becomes more concentrated with
lower volumes of milk.
Using herd test results to
identify poor-producing cows and make informed dry-off decisions can result in
better nutrition for your higher producing animals that are still milking.
Get the most out of your herd
test data by using the reports available in MINDA LIVE.
The SCC report gives an
indication of an individual cow’s current SCC, a history of the last 10 SCC’s
from herd testing and how many times she has exceeded thresholds.
The Herd Test report can
also provide valuable information by looking at how individual cows are
producing – you may choose to keep milking her or dry her off.
Once you’ve identified what
cows to dry-off, you’ll need to select what treatments will be administered to
reduce the risk of infection.
There is a shift away from
drying off whole herds with antibiotic dry cow therapy in a blanket fashion,
towards a more targeted use of antibiotic dry cow therapy, with the remaining cows
receiving a non-antibiotic internal teat sealant (ITS).
Somatic cell count (SCC) information
from herd testing allows you to put a targeted treatment plan in place.
For more information on
herd testing talk to your local Agri Manager or take a look at our herd testing page.