Dairy producers value DHIA milk testing, but some deterred by cost
AuthorsGerald E. Higginbotham
Steven L. Berry
Kenneth E. Lanka
William R. VerBoort
Authors AffiliationsG.E. Higginbotham is Dairy Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno/Madera counties; S.L. Berry is Extension Dairy Management and Health Specialist, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis; K.E. Lanka is former Dairy Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Stanislaus/Merced counties; W.R. VerBoort is General Manager, California Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Fresno; R. Seldin is Executive Vice President, AgriTech Analytics, Tulare; C. Dei is Field Representative, DHI-Provo, Provo, Utah.
Hilgardia 51(5):31-34. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n05p31. September 1997.
A survey was conducted to assess the attitudes of past and current members of the California Dairy Herd Improvement Association (CDHIA) toward the DHIA program. Members placed importance on service and production data. Northern and southern DHIA members rated their local DHIA supervisor high with regard to knowledge and service. All regions rated their local DHIA management high with regard to knowledge and service. Over 50% of the northern and southern DHIA members rated laboratory service high. All regions were satisfied with the service of the dairy records processing centers. Cost and the dairies' adoption of on-farm milk-weight meters and/or computers were the most frequently cited reasons for discontinuing DHIA membership. Based on information collected in this survey, CDHIA members continue to look to DHIA records for production and management information.
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