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650 Robot Herds on DHI

Robotic Herds See Value in Different Aspects of DHI Services

Recently, DHI in Canada achieved a milestone with the addition of its 650th robotic herd on milk recording. With 8,200 total DHI herds in Canada, robotic herds are rapidly becoming an important and sizeable segment for DHI. 

According to Richard Cantin, DHI’s Manager of Marketing and Customer Services, “It was roughly 18 years ago when we did the first North American DHI sampling in a robotic system. It was new to us back then and the learning curve was very steep, but today DHI testing in robotic systems has become fairly routine.”

DHI services are a great complement to the on farm data, which when combined together makes a very powerful management information package. “For DHI, the challenge is to ensure we can both add to and complement the on farm data so dairy managers and their advisors have the best possible information available for making decisions” states Cantin.

Whether it is lab services such as fat, protein, SCC, MUN, Ketoscreen, Johne’s, Leukosis, BVD, contagious Mastitis and pregnancy testing or calculated information such as BCAs, lactation totals, lifetime production, rankings and benchmarking or yet again the ability to participate in AI incentive programs, genetic evaluation and official breed programs, DHI has lots to offer and can bring excellent value and payback to robotic herds.

Cantin concludes, “It’s hard to predict how popular and widely adopted robotic milking will become on Canadian farms, but no doubt it will play a significant role in our industry. We’re pleased to count a large number of robotic farms as our customers and to be part of their herd management solution, today and into the future.”


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