Minnesota DHIA News

A PUBLICATION OF MINNESOTA DHIA                                                   Volume 7, Issue 9                                                             September  2007

DHIA Scholarships Deadline Approaching

 

September 30 is the deadline for applications for $500 DHIA Scholarships.  DHIA members and DHIA employees and their families are eligible.  Applications are available from your DHIA Field Rep on sample day, on the National DHIA website www.DHIA.org, or by calling our office at 800-827-3442.  Last year, there were 11 winners from Minnesota DHIA membership.

 

Fastest Service

 

If you have internet access, you can access your reports within seconds of processing being completed.  This will be a nice feature (and its free right now) for weekends and holidays.  You will get a message at logon that says there will be a $2 charge.  That will be covered by MN DHIA, so there will be no charge to you.  This access will save you time and if you choose to access data here instead of by mail, it will save costs to MN DHIA. 

1.       Logon to www.DRMS.org

2.       Select “DHIA Records”  

3.       Select “Web Reports”

4.       Go to web reports sign up, you will need your herd code and your access code (the one you give consultants).  On your first visit you will need to create and enter a password.  You will soon receive a letter from us reminding you of your Release Code.  Please call if you need it sooner.

5.       View this months reports as well as past months (only for months you have processed there)

 

If your Field Rep has entered your email address into their software, you will receive an email telling you when your herd has processed, and providing a link to the logon page on the DRMS website.  Our goal is to attach reports to an email again after some other projects are completed.

 

45 Years of Dedicated Service

 

We would like to extend to Field Representative Andrew Alsleben from Glencoe our congratulations and best wishes on 45 years of service.  Andrew currently services herds in the counties of McLeod and Carver.  Please extend your best wishes to Andrew during his next visit to your dairy operation.  Cleanliness of equipment, regular service, and correct data have been hallmarks of Andrew’s work.  We thank him for his willingness to help test other herds when needed as well.

 

EXPO Bound?

 

If you are attending World Dairy Expo this year, you might stop in at the booths of some of our DHIA partners.  In the Exhibition Hall, you will find Valley Ag Software in booth 4331.  VAS provides Dairy Comp 305 and Scout software, and a complete RFID tag and reader system that has become vital in management use in many dairies across the US. 

 

Over in the Coliseum on the main concourse in booth 37 you will find their leading competitor, Dairy Records Management Systems.  DRMS now processed our DHIA records.  You will be able to see how their website works and look at PC Dart software and the Pocket Dairy program. They offer a very complete and competitively priced software package, and have RFID abilities as well.

 

Still on the main concourse of the Coliseum in booth 23 you will find the Minnesota Department of Ag booth, with many MN businesses, including Minnesota DHIA helping in the booth.

 

Milking Equipment Checkup

Here are some tips from Dr. Andy Johnson, past President of the National Mastitis Council and well-known mastitis expert.

 

At every milking:

·         Check the vacuum level—verify that it is at the desired level.

·         Check the cleanliness of inflations, shells and claws—also look for tears, holes, twisted inflations.

·         Check the air-vents—a cleaning tool should be readily available.

·         Use the “fall-off” test—with all other units attached hold one unit upside down so it is leaking the full amount of air. The vacuum level should not drop more than 0.6” in a properly functioning system.

·         Use the “recovery” test—with all units attached open a milk inlet, or pull off a milk hose from the milk line so that the vacuum drops about 1”.  Then stop the leak—the vacuum level should recover within 3 seconds. If the vacuum level bounces up more than 0.6” above where it is supposed to be, the regulator isn’t working properly.

·         Observe cow behavior—stepping or kicking at the units at the end of milking indicates over-milking. Red or blue teats indicate problems with vacuum level or pulsation.

 

Daily:

·         Test the vacuum level by placing a finger into an inflation for a few seconds. If the inflation pinches or causes discomfort you may want to have your system evaluated during milking.

 

Weekly:

·         Pull off a short air tube and listen to the pulsator action—does the change from vacuum to no vacuum sound the same from each unit and is it crisp?

 

Annually—3-4 times per year for larger dairies:

·         Have entire system serviced and maintained. Check pulsation, air flows, and vacuum level.

·         Have milking time evaluation done.

·         Ideal claw vacuum during peak milk flow should be 11.5” to 12.5”.

·         Make sure all automatic takeoffs are functioning properly.

·         Have milking routine evaluated—timing, teat end cleanliness, proper letdown, etc.

 

Properly functioning equipment is vital for udder health and maximum production

 

 

Consultant Access to Your Data

 

Consultants will be able to access the reports on the web as well. They will need your release code and herd code to access any of your data.  They will be charged $3 per herd to view reports.  Most consultants already receive the Condensed Report and cowfile, so they will not need to access your reports on the web.

 

Dairy Metrics provides consultants with the ability to look at benchmark data, comparing your herd and their other herds to a variety of groups of herds including most of the country.  Consultants who are currently customers of Minnesota DHIA will be automatically enrolled and given access to the Dairy Metrics system that enables benchmarking.

 

Minnesota DHIA only provides your Release Code only to you.  It is then up to you to provide it to the consultants you work with to allow them access to your data electronically.  If you want to change your Release Code, please call Minnesota DHIA at 800.827.3442.

 

 

In order to be published in the year-end Annual Summary for Minnesota DHIA, herds must have 11 tests in calendar year 2007, and must have selected the publicity option.  To check, look at the lower left corner of your herd summary report.  It will say either “Publication” or “No Record Publication”.  To change your option, talk to your Field Rep on sample day.

 

 

DHIA Service Reminders

1.      All reports are optional on each sample day.

2.      All herds should be offered monthly tests (12 per year) as a service standard – 56% of MnDHIA herds have 12 tests in the last 365 days, and we are now supplying twice a month service to one dairy.  One large dairy is testing the fresh cow group more frequently.

3.      Herds may ask for a special test at any time, for example you can have a test any time to help evaluate SCC. 

4.      Individual cow mastitis culturing services are available to all farms.  If your regular field rep is not trained in this area, we will supply one who is, for this special sampling.

5.      Milk ELISA Johne’s testing is up and running, with about 2,000 cows per month being tested using the DHIA milk samples.

6.      Computers should accompany Field Reps to farms, with printed reports available on the farm on sample day (this does happen on nearly all farms – if it isn’t happening on yours – it is an exception).  Most popular reports are “Sample Day Downby Milk”, Action Lists (why wait until the mail comes with the same information?), Reproduction Report, and Youngstock Reports.  Some Field Reps leave the “Monitor” which tracks and compares data over a year.

7.      Meters and other equipment should be clean and sanitary when delivered and when it leaves your farm.  Field personnel should wear rubber footwear and should clean and sanitize the footwear before leaving your farm.  If you have any concerns on cleanliness, please visit with your Field Rep on sample day. 

 

Don't forget the Dry Cows!

It seems that there is always more to do than time to do it, especially during busy times of the year like harvesting. It is especially easy at this time of the year to let the bedding management of dry cows and close-up heifers slide a little.  Animals coming fresh with a high SCC or clinical mastitis are more prone to other fresh cow disorders, may have a higher average SCC and lower production for their lactation, and oftentimes don't get bred back as soon as cows freshening with a low SCC.  Keeping those animals clean prior to and after calving will likely give a good financial return, as well as saving the time and hassle of dealing with mastitis infections later. 

 

University of Minnesota mastitis experts suggest that a reasonable goal is to have less than 20-25% of dairy cattle coming fresh with a SCC of over 200,000. Yet it is not unusual for us to see herds with 30-50% of cows and/or heifers with a high SCC on their first test. To see how your herd is doing, look at the Yearly SCC Summary section in the middle of the Herd Summary. The % Infected < 30 DIM will give an indication of what percent of the herd was infected on the first test in the past year. To evaluate more recent information, look in the Production Averages section and divide the number of Fresh Infections by the number of Fresh Cows to determine what percent of recently fresh animals were infected.

 

 

“The best that life has to offer is to work hard at work worth doing.”

                        Theodore Roosevelt

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging”             Will Rogers

 


August Quality Leaders

 

SCC

Cows

 

 

SCC

Cows

DAN AND JOLENE SCHLANGEN

40

66

 

GARY P LIESER

117

53

REWITZER+SONS

50

42

 

ALLAN DUESTERHOEFT

119

27

ART AND JANE STUMPF

52

54

 

CHUCK KLAPHAKE

119

101

BOB AND BARB PETIT

59

60

 

JOEL & SARAH PETTIT

119

101

ZUMBRO VIEW FARMS LLC

62

54

 

SC0TT AND DENISE GATHJE

121

71

AIMEE FINLEY

67

118

 

HAPPKE HOLSTEIN FARM

122

73

BRUCE AND JODI HEIM

69

158

 

JOEL & NICOLE GROSS

123

43

LIESER DAIRY

73

79

 

WITTE GROSHENS

123

65

D & J  DAIRY

73

99

 

GOLBERGS LAKEVIEW DAIRY

123

78

GERALD SEITZER

74

59

 

MAPLE BREEZE DAIRY LLC

124

164

ACKERMAN FARMS

76

102

 

BIRCH POINT FARMS PESHON

124

225

RICHARD SCHNOBRICH

77

43

 

ALTON WOOD

125

47

JOHN+MARY RADEMACHER

78

104

 

JOHN LORI KOKETT

125

57

TRAVIS-RICHARD SCHLOSSER

79

32

 

BRYANT KRANZ

125

118

TOM FUECHTMANN

79

103

 

DEAN RAUSCH

126

62

LARRY LEXVOLD FAMILY

80

64

 

LYON DAIRY INC.

126

85

SELKE FARMS

80

157

 

LYNN & MARY THOMAS

127

35

HABERER HILL DAIRY

84

23

 

BRUCE AND CHERYL MOHN

128

55

WM MCFARLAND + SONS

84

47

 

JASON SMELTER

128

59

JERON NATHE

86

241

 

DUTCH SQUARE FARM L.L.C.

128

78

HOWARD STUEBER

87

36

 

WINTER VIEW HOLSTEIN'S

129

40

MARK & CARLA BRUNHOLZL

88

22

 

NEWALTA DAIRY

129

677

DEAN FRISLE

89

65

 

WALLY W WIESE

130

27

TWIN OAKS DAIRY

93

56

 

ANDY AND RACHEL EMMERT

130

42

MARK KLEHR

93

57

 

LONNIE & CINDY HOIUM

131

47

KIDMAN DAIRY

94

106

 

SCHLIEP FAMILY DAIRY

131

68

BOB & TERRI KETCHUM

98

119

 

JIM EVANS

131

120

WAYNE KOEPP

101

139

 

KCE FARM

131

145

KEVIN & SHEILA THARALDSON

102

55

 

WILL TACHIBANA DAIRY

132

38

RICK & MICHELLE MARSCHALL

103

131

 

MOLDANS HOLSTEINS

132

66

OAK GLEN JOHNS

108

33

 

STEVE & ALAN OELTJEN

132

74

JULIAN + DAVID SJOSTROM

108

52

 

GEHL ACRES

135

86

MIKE + BETH DEPPA

109

65

 

LARRY AND DIANNA BRAEM

136

40

BRAD & JUDY CHANDLER

109

69

 

HOEFS' DAIRY

136

191

JEFF BLENKER

110

47

 

ROGER ALDINGER

137

62

CURT + JACKIE BEKIUS

110

81

 

JERRY + BEV POHLMANN

137

65

TOM HILLESHEIM

112

23

 

CHAD FIEDLER

137

68

GILMAN HALBAKKEN

112

91

 

FJEL-MAR DAIRY

137

180

MARLIN PETERSEN

113

37

 

ALAN OVERLAND

138

22

ROD RAY

113

50

 

DEVOINE KRUSE

138

138

TIM & SUE HOESE

114

39

 

JAMES & JACULIN WELLER

140

69

NATHAN & BRIDGET GIBBS

114

117

 

KIMM'S DAIRY

141

86

ROSEVEIW DAIRY

114

167

 

TIM AND AMY LEONARD

142

51

LARRY + BECKY RABE

115

43

 

KEITH AND KAREN SCHULTZ

143

27

GREG PAULUS

115

44

 

DAVID AND DONNA ANDERSON

143

44

FRANK PATRICK

115

60

 

JAMES C PFEIFER

144

62

JOPPS CENTURY FARMS

115

98

 

HOLLERMANN DAIRY

145

246

JEFF PETERMEIER

117

21

 

MIKE HAGLUND

146

46

SOLYNJA DAIRY ACRES

117

42

 

CULLBARR FARMS

146

80

LYNN WAEGE

117

51

 

BECHTOLD BROS

146

121

LEE JACOBS

117

51

 

MEADOW LARK DAIRY

146

277