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Quarterly disease testing added to the CIS product range
CIS has launched a quarterly disease testing service for Johne’s disease, IBR and BVD. The three
tests are an add-on to the regular milk recording service and are considered to be a vitally
important part of modern herd management. The tests are carried out on regular milk samples
and results are displayed graphically through the award-winning ‘Your Herd’ web interface.
Colour coding highlights individual animals’ health status and drilling through the interactive
documents reveals disease trends for individuals as well as the herd.
Although results will be available on paper for those who prefer, most of the company’s users
will receive their results via the internet, in order to make use of the interactivity and ease-of-use of this software, which won
the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2008.
“These tests are vitally important to the modern dairy farmer as they not only impact on animal welfare and
bottom line profits, but they are increasingly insisted upon by the milk buyers,” says Sue Cope from CIS. “We have also
surveyed our customers and found that 98 per cent of them agree, and have expressed their intention to start health testing
on an individual cow basis.”
Vet, Bruce Richards from the Paragon Group in Cumbria concurs: “This is a very cheap and convenient way forward. Johne’s,
IBR and BVD are all major infectious diseases in different ways which we find are often subclinical and not obvious to see.
“In the case of Johne’s, if we can identify the positive mothers so they don’t infect their daughters and other newborns, this
will become key to the disease’s control. Similarly, BVD could be an underlying cause of calf scours, infertility and respiratory
conditions, while poor fertility and foetal absorption may be being influenced by IBR.
“Most people will have at least IBR and BVD in their herds but these tests will indicate whether they are at a level that needs
to be controlled.” The price for all three tests vary from 50 to 70p/cow/month on a 12 month contract.
Contact CIS on 01923 695319 or email info@thecis.co.uk for any more information.

SEPTEMBER 2009
29-3 Oct World Dairy Expo,
Madison, US
OCTOBER 2009

EVENTS
7 South West Dairy Show, Royal Bath
& West Showground, Shepton Mallet
9-11 All Breeds All Britain Calf Show,
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
Holstein UK President Ken Proctor congratulates the Champion Black
AR OF
and Whites from this year’s Dairy Event, both mature cows and great
20 Welsh Dairy Show, Carmarthen
ambassadors for their respective breeds. John Carnell’s Langley Rubin
Mary 2 BFE91-3E (left), a seventh calf daughter of homebred bull,
NOVEMBER 2009
Langley Rubin and Bassingthorpe Leader Dilys 10 EX96-3E (right), a fifth
calver from Wills Brothers Ltd.
6-15 Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, CA Ken Proctor hands over to Philip Davies (Gornal) at the AGM on 10th
November. Hosted in North Wales, tickets are available - details on p41.
18 Agriscot, Royal Highland Centre,
Showtime, the one-stop shop
Edinburgh
for all showing paraphenalia for
CALEND
over a decade, has now teamed
DECEMBER 2009 up with Holstein UK in order to
supply Society clothing. These
10 Royal Ulster Winter Fair,
include the new clipping jacket
as well as the essentials such as polo shirts.
Balmoral, Belfast For a full list of products and an order form, please turn to the
Classifieds on page 120 or call Showtime on 01759 368588.
12 HHH Show, Zwolle, NL Email: sales@showtime-supplies.co.uk
2 THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2009
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