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Consider Trying A New DHI Report This Summer
Dairy Pipeline: June 2008
Extension Dairy Scientist, Genetics & Management
(540) 231-4762; email@example.com
DHI records can become a little too familiar.
DHI members may quickly check a few
choice numbers and set the reports aside.
The habits of quickly reviewing familiar formats
also make it easy to miss important
information. I would like to challenge DHI
members to do something really radical this
summer: subscribe to a new DHI report for
one month and resolve to study the thing
until you understand what it tells you. If you
like it, keep taking it. If you don’t like it, try
another, or at least know that you gave a
new report an honest try. DRMS Raleigh has
expanded service to some new areas of the
country recently, including Minnesota and
parts of the west coast. Producers in those
areas ask for some of their familiar reports
to be preserved, a request that was honored
in the tradition of service that makes DRMS
a really good processing center. There are
some really good features of these reports,
and they are certainly new to Virginia producers.
Consider one of reports below – a selection
from an even dozen I saw at the recent
DRMS Spring Workshop.
- DHI-360 Reproduction report: this list
pulls together reproductive facts on individual
cows in an easy to read format.
Cost - 1¢/cow/month
- DHI-217 Herd Progress Report: this list
compares key herd performance data for up
to two years in a single report. It makes it
easy to spot trends in production, reproduction,
days in milk and so forth.
Cost - $2/herd/month
- DHI-231 Persistency Analysis: this report
groups cows by month of calving and lactation
number, and tracks performance
through the months of lactation. It’s a different
way to look at test day milk weights –
different from any report I have seen in the
past. Cost - $3/herd/month
- DHI-219 Basic Herd Summary: this report
extracts production data from the DHI 202
for the last eleven test dates as well as ME
lactation records and reproductive summaries
by lactation for the current test. It is
straightforward information in a simple format.
Cost - 1 ¢/cow/month.
- DHI-365 Condensed Herd Summary: this
one includes selected data from the DHI
202 plus basic information on individual
cows from the DHI 210. This report may
appeal to consultants who want herd summary
data as well as specifics about cows,
but with less detail than other reports. I like the brevity and the format.
Cost - $2/herd/month plus 1¢/cow/month
I have no intention of suggesting you can’t
make it in the dairy business without these
reports. However, you might like them, and
you will be more familiar with your DHI records
if you give one or more of these reports a try
for even one month.
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