Minnesota DHIA News

A PUBLICATION OF MINNESOTA DHIA                                                   Volume 7, Issue  11                                                             November 2007

 

Calendar Report and New Lactation Reports now Available

 

The yellow Calendar Report is one of 4 optional reports now available in your DHIA information packet.  Herds under 350 cows have been receiving this report at no charge for the past few months, so you could try it on and see if it fits your management style.  Starting at the conclusion of Field Rep conferences (November 14), this report will no longer come unless you sign up for the option with your Field Rep on sample day.  All reports are always optional and you can start or stop them on any sample day.  The Calendar Report will cost $1 per herd per test.


Three other new reports are also available with this update of the software Field Reps use.  One is the DHIA 210 Lactation Report.  It features sample day milk and SCC for the last 10 sample days on each cow.  Print is a little smaller than the MN DHIA Lactation Report, and there are less cows per page (more paper), but there is more information per cow.  Cost is once cent per cow.  Your DHIA Field Rep has a sample of this report if you would like to see it before deciding.

 

The other new Lactation Report available is the DHIA 220 which includes the last 6 sample days and a column for action needed on each cow.  Cost is also one cent per cow.

 

You can order any, some, all, or none of these lactation reports.

 

Aborts

 

One of the great “frosting on the cake” benefits to dairy producers and the entire dairy industry is the use of DHIA data in the USDA Genetic Evaluation Program.  For data to flow into this system and for it to be used for everyone’s benefit to evaluate the AI Sires available, standards must be applied to the data.  One of those standards relates to cows that Abort. 

 

If a cow starts a lactation with an abort, it will certainly result in an abnormal production record.  In order for that record not to be used against the Sire data, there are data standards on how to deal with Aborts to not impact sire summaries.  When you report an abort, the only impact that has off your farm is to flag the data at USDA so it is not used in sire evaluations.

 

According to the National Dairy Herd Improvement Program Uniform Operation Procedures “13. Cows Aborting or Calving Prematurely: Cows freshening 30 or more days prior to the expected calving date, whether in milk or dry, will be coded as abnormal. When a breeding date is available, a cow calving less than 30 days prior to the expected calving date will be considered a normal calving.  If a cow aborted while in milk and had carried a calf less than 152 days, her current records will continue without interruption. If a breeding date is not available, and the cow aborted while in milk for less than 200 days, her current record will continue without interruption. Except for the specific situations above, the current records will end and a new lactation will begin.”

 

Rather than worry about all that detail, please simply report the abort to the Field Rep and let their software deal with it.  There will be no affect on Rolling Herd Average or other DHIA management data.

 

“Hooked” on DHIA

Our congratulations and best wishes go out to Daryl Hook of Tyler, MN as we celebrates 25 years of dedicated service to producers in SW Minnesota.  Daryl currently services herds in Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Lincoln, Murray and Nobles Counties as well as a few large dairies in South Dakota and Iowa.  Please extend your congratulations to Daryl as he visits your farms this month. 

US Animal Health Association pushes acceptance of DHIA’s Milk ELISA Johne’s Test  Reno Nevada – October 21, 2007

 

USAHA at its Annual Meeting approved a pair of resolutions calling on USDA to incorporate the DHIA Milk ELISA Johne’s test in its Voluntary Bovine Johne’s Disease Control Program.  The group of scientists noted that the milk test is “comparable in accuracy to the currently available serum ELISA kits” and that approval “would allow dairy producers to access additional testing options.” 

 

The resolution goes on to the Board of Directors and then to USDA for implementation. 

 

Minnesota DHIA offers the Milk ELISA Johne’s test to all customers (and to non-customers).  The cost of the test is $5 per cow, and information is generally returned to the farm in under a week.  You select the cows or criteria for the test.   Results are available in paper or electronic format and can be sent to your Vet.  We encourage all herds considering Johne’s testing to consult with your Vet.  We test for Johne’s using the same DHIA sample collected for butterfat analysis.  The test is conducted on that sample after components and SCC are run. 

 

Over 14,000 cows have been tested at the Sauk Centre and Zumbrota labs, with just over 4% showing up positive.  Your December test might be a good time consider the Johne’s test on your herd, as we approach the new year and 2007 tax season!

 

The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA), the nation's animal health forum for over a century, is a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization. Its 1,400 members are state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members. USAHA works with state and federal governments, universities, veterinarians, livestock producers, national livestock and poultry organizations, research scientists, the extension service and seven foreign countries to control livestock diseases in the United States. USAHA represents all 50 states, 7 foreign countries and 18 allied groups serving health, technical and consumer markets.

 

 

Fast Holiday access to DHIA information

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.       Click on LOGIN

3.       Enter Herd code and RAC (4 digit Release Code).   Please call 800.827.3442 if you need your RAC.

4.       First time only: Sign up for Web Reports

5.       Click here to display WebReport (Green bar)

6.       View this month’s reports as well as past months (only for months you have processed here)

7.       You can download the reports to your computer if you wish to look at them any time during the month.  They will be saved under sample date so next month you will still be able to look at this month’s reports.

 

If your Field Rep has entered your email address into their computer, 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 optionally attach reports to an email again after some other projects are completed.  Until the new options screens are programmed, you will continue to receive the paper reports.  To prevent this, have your Field Rep send us a memo with your herd on sample day.

 

If you would like help getting this set up on your computer, please ask your Field Rep on sample day or call Robyn at 800.827.3442, extension 19.

 

Vet Checks

 

Regular herd health visits and Pregnancy checking by a Veterinarian are an important part of dairy management for most dairies. If you do not have on-farm Dairy Management software such as Scout or Dairy Comp, your Field Representative can give you a customized Vet List that will give you more information than action lists, and only include the cows that you want checked.

Cows can be “Flagged” for Vet checks for these options and more:

 

It is important that you discuss the options with your Field Representative to create the report that you need. The default report has 10 options checked, but these options can easily be turned on or off as desired. If you want just the cows to be Pregnancy checked, that is what you can get.

Some of the benefits of using the Vet report include:

 

Here is an example of a vet report for a herd that has cows divided into PENS, and uses the vet report for Pregnancy checking and Re-confirming the Pregnancies.

 

BNAME   PEN L DIM MILK TBRD DSLH VETC    BRDHT BNAME      

======= === = === ==== ==== ==== ==== ======== =======    

9         1 3 107   48    1   42 PREG ________ 9       ________________________________________________________________

     7/25/07 FRESH                       9/27/07 BRED    377         0 

 

84        4 2 412   77    4  165 REPG ________ 84      ________________________________________________________________

     3/27/07 BRED    200H3402  O 0       5/27/07 BRED    200H2007  P 0 

     4/30/07 BRED    200H3407  O 0       7/11/07 PREG    45 DAYS   

 

 

Here is an example of a vet report from Scout. This report has more items included in the report heading, and has the option turned off to show additional Events that have been recorded. So there is only 1 line per cow.

 

 

BNAME   STRG L RPRO      DIM TBRD BRDHT  MILK     EDAY EVT     REM       DSLH VETC BNAME      

======= ==== = ======= ===== ==== ===== ===== ======== ======= ======== ===== ==== =======    

 

31         1 2 BRED      155    1  7/28    62  7/28/07 BRED    -           45 PREG 31      ____________________________

 

72         1 2 PREG      319    4  4/19    60  6/ 5/07 PREG    47DAYS     145 REPG 72      ____________________________

 

Quality Certification Audits

 

In order for data to flow to USDA for Genetic Evaluations, and as a measure of the quality of service and accuracy of data being provided to dairy farm managers, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (AI, PDCA, DHIA, USDA) has audits conducted on DHIA service providers.  The audit of Minnesota DHIA field services was conducted in October and we were certified again, as was our meter repair and recalibration center.  The milk labs at Barron, Sauk Centre, and Zumbrota have also been certified.  Not all field service providers and labs are certified.  When performance does not meet the standards set by the CDCB, an entity is made provisional and given the opportunity to correct it’s shortfalls and come into compliance with the standards.  Currently the Dairy Records Processing Center (DRPC) that about 20 of our Minnesota herds use – AgriTech Analytics is listed as provisional by Quality Certification Services.  The DRPC that most herds have transferred to, Dairy Records Management Systems, is fully certified.  For more information you can logon to the QCS website - www.quality-certification.com.

 

 

On sample day, ask your Field Rep about:

 

  1. Customizing the Vet list so it contains all the information (and only the information) your vet needs to zip through herd health and speed data entry afterwards for your Field Rep.  Maybe you still want the action lists or the Calendar report for day to day management, but the Vet list is designed by Vets for Vets.  Many of the leading dairy Vets in MN already bring this along after they have accessed your herd by computer.  If yours doesn’t – ask your Field Rep to leave the list (the list will be current as of Vet Check Day if you give the Field Rep the date when you ask for the report).

 

  1. New lower prices on Fearing tags.  Get large management tags, pre numbered or blank, high retention and low priced button tags with American ID, or the USDA approved RFID tags at lower prices effective November 1.  Ask your Field Rep to show you the tagprice.pdf.

 

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.  There are no requirements on the annual percentage of milk sold, except that you must report milk sold so a percentage shows up.

 


October Quality Leaders (Records Processed in October)

 

SCC

Cows

 

 

SCC

Cows

DAN AND JOLENE SCHLANGEN

41

67

 

LYNN WAEGE

100

48

MARK TITERA

43

26

 

BRUCE RUNDHAUG

100

60

BOB AND BARB PETIT

43

62

 

DAVID SMITH

101

30

JASON + NANCY BACHMANN

51

35

 

JOHN AND STACI SCHERBER

101

56

JKG HAVEN DAIRY

58

12

 

KIMM'S DAIRY

101

86

DAVID SCHUUR

61

56

 

ROLLING SPUR CATTLE CO.

101

1284

SCHEFERS BROS

61

78

 

URBAN BROS

103

61

TRAVIS-RICHARD SCHLOSSER

65

35

 

JOPPS CENTURY FARMS

103

98

TIM HINRICHS

66

65

 

D & J  DAIRY

103

104

HAPPKE HOLSTEIN FARM

66

69

 

BECHTOLD BROS

103

123

CURT + JACKIE BEKIUS

66

79

 

HY-RIDGE HOLSTEINS LLC.

104

308

DAVID FLOM

69

27

 

WALLY W WIESE

105

28

JOHN+MARY RADEMACHER

69

119

 

JEREMY E BEYER

105

41

MIKE + ROSIE ZEIG

70

32

 

FRANK PATRICK

105

59

ROBERT MILLER

70

66

 

AARON WIENER

105

80

OAT HILL DAIRY

70

86

 

CULLBARR FARMS

105

93

JERON NATHE

70

234

 

MARSHALL KORN

106

77

LUX-URY HOLSTEINS INC.

72

122

 

MARK KLEHR

107

53

ZUMBRO VIEW FARMS LLC

74

49

 

WICHMAN FARMS INC

107

155

HABERER HILL DAIRY

75

23

 

SELKE FARMS

107

172

BLUE LAKE DAIRY

76

83

 

L & D DAIRY

107

328

DANIEL HALLBERG

79

64

 

CRONK DAIRY

109

36

PETERM&LYNN HENDRICKSON

79

67

 

JEFF MILLER

109

57

DONALD + DARLENE MATROS

81

73

 

DEAN GABBERT

110

54

STACY & JULIE MILLER

81

82

 

GERALD SEITZER

110

60

LARRY AND DIANNA BRAEM

84

40

 

DEAN + ELIZABETH JOHNSON

110

79

JEFF & JULIE KETCHUM

86

22

 

ALICIA THURK

111

30

WINTER VIEW HOLSTEIN'S

87

38

 

DARAN AND CHRISTY BORTH

111

70

DALE ERICKSON

87

43

 

DEVOINE KRUSE

111

141

ART AND JANE STUMPF

88

53

 

BRUCE AND JILL BOETTCHER

111

143

JAMES AND PAUL GREGORY

88

93

 

GREG BERNSTETTER

112

39

CIRCLE DRIVE HOLSTEINS

89

18

 

ROGER ALDINGER

112

62

JOHN WASNER DAIRY

89

30

 

SCHREIBER BROS

112

84

STEVE TRISCO

89

55

 

KEVIN & CARAL SCHAFER

113

37

PATRICK BRODEEN

90

46

 

MIKE + BETH DEPPA

113

62

DEAN FRISLE

90

70

 

CHRISTY EN CHRISTOPHERSON

113

97

BENGTSON FAMILY FARM

93

41

 

DANIEL JOHNSON

114

54

RONALD AND SUSAN JOHNSON

93

63

 

CHAIN O LAKES DAIRY

114

178

WAYNE KOEPP

93

135

 

KENNETH ANDERSON

115

30

PAUL & MARY ZIMMERMAN

94

61

 

PAGE DAIRY

115

49

KIDMAN DAIRY

95

106

 

MIKE MOTL+KIM HARFF

115

87

CLARK DAIRY

96

36

 

FORTSCH FAMILY FARM

115

90

LARRY + BECKY RABE

97

42

 

MEADOW LARK DAIRY

115

293

JEFF PETERMEIER

98

18

 

KEVIN & CHERYL KRUIZENGA

116

58

ROBERT SLATER

98

29

 

BRIAN & MARY KOLLMAN

116

154

RKB DAIRY

98

88

 

ZEPPER DAIRY

117

67

REMIGER DAIRY LLC

98

114

 

ALAN OVERLAND

118

24

TERRY KOLSTAD

99

25

 

SUNKREST DAIRY

118

30

HOWARD STUEBER

100

35

 

STEVE MARTIN

119

50

REWITZER+SONS

100

38

 

GARY HOFFMAN

119

157