The most important piece of performance data that can be collected is cow milk yield and quality (fat, protein & SCC). Milk recording enables you to track the best and worst producing cows in your herd. This helps to decide which cows are underperforming and suitable for culling. It will also identify the most productive cows in your system that are suitable for breeding replacements.
Approx. 45% of the cows in the Drinagh area are milk recorded each year. The table below displays some of the key production differences between milk recording and non-milk recording herds in our area. Based on 2018 data the most standout statistic is that herds milk recording are on average producing 50kg milk solids per cow more than herds that are not recording. At €5 per kg of solids this can be worth an extra €250 per cow per year.
Regular milk recording will also track the SCC of each cow. Identifying and managing repeat offenders correctly will help reduce SCC and avoid high cows passing on infection low SCC cows.