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Our publications can help you with using herd recording to provide you with accurate information in making herd management decisions.

Herd recording

Herd recording provides accurate information to assist farmers in making herd management decisions. Some examples include

  • Which cows to dry off, using individual milk production data.
  • Which animals should be sold, using milk production data
  • For which cows would selective dry-cow therapy be appropriate, using individual cow cell counts.
  • Assess the production level of first-calf heifers to see how well replacements are being reared, using milk production data.
  • Assess herd reproductive performance, using the InCalf Fertility Focus Report
  • Identify actions to improve cell count, using the Mastitis Focus Report
  • Select the best cows to breed from, using Australian Breeding Values (ABVs)

Herd Test Dashboard

  • DataGene’s Herd Test Dashboard is a tool for farmers who herd test.
  • It provides a herd level picture and helps identify herd health issues.
  • It also provides alerts on individual cows

For more information refer to DataGene.

More information

Technote 7: The benefits of herd recording (PDF, 312B)

Contents include: 

  • Herd recording provides useful information to assist farmers in making herd management decisions.
  • Accurate genetic selection and culling decisions can be made by using herd recording data.

Technote 10: Using the Production index (PDF, 451KB)

Contents include:

  • A PI allows you to compare the performance of cows within a herd, based on current lactation information.
  • A cow's PI and ABVs (including ASI) cannot be compared.
  • Use PI as a tool to cull animals, use ABVs as a tool to breed replacements.

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Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

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