What does the future hold?
Dairy producers will continue to look for new technologies and tools to improve herd management and the bottom line. This will mean even more data available for producers and consultants to base management decisions on.
So, what can producers do to maximize the benefits of having all this on-farm data?
• Sign up with DHI and allow the DHI’s to collect and store the on-farm generated data in a centralized computer system.
• Centralized DHI computer systems will allow analysis of data from multiple sources and will develop the next generation of herd management analysis and decision aid tools and provide these back to participating producers.
• Producer can work with third-party consultants specialized in using these herd analysis and decision aid tools and identify the areas of herd management offering the greatest areas of improving profits.
Robert Fourdraine is vice president of DHI operations with AgSource Cooperative Services in Verona, Wis.