With many robotically milked herds going off of formal production recording systems, the production records of individual cows are staying on the farm with no way of getting that information onto registered pedigrees.
This week, Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) announced a new program, TriStar AMR, which will allow robotic herds to transmit production data and have it recorded on pedigrees. “More cows are being milked with robotic milking systems every day, and our AMR program is just what their owners have been looking for, and we are happy to provide it. This program represents a new evolution in the dairy industry,” says John Meyer, HAUSA CEO.
The TriStar AMR program is only for herds no longer participating in Dairy Herd Improvement Association milk recording programs. Once a robotic herd signs up for the program, data will be transmitted to AgriTech Analytics, a California-based data processing center owned by HAUSA. Once edited, the information can then be included in a cow’s pedigree. It will be clearly labeled with “AMR” printed in front of the record.
“These records will stay at the Holstein Association, and will not be forwarded to the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding,” says Lindsey Worden, Executive Director of HAUSA’s Holstein Genetic Services. As such, the data will not be included in sire summaries. The AMR records will also not be eligible for HAUSA award programs.
The cost of the program will be a $17 monthly herd fee plus $2 per completed 305-day lactation record that is uploaded. For more information on the program, click here.