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HOLSTEIN UK – SHARING KNOWLEDGE ACROSS THE INDUSTRY


As the largest independent breed society in Europe, Holstein UK is at the centre of the UK dairy industry and ensuring that knowledge and information is shared both across the industry and the generations.


registering births and ancestry, as well as breed promotion, Holstein UK has sought to develop a wide range of services to benefit both members and the industry, including the establishment of Cattle Information Services (CIS) and the Centre for Dairy Information (CDI).


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CIS has, in recent years, seen increased uptake of milk recording and health testing, with the company now providing this valuable service to 50% of the UK herd.


As a farmer-owned and farmer- controlled company involving all the leading cattle organisations, CIS’ objective is to improve the standards of service, accuracy and value throughout all dairy herd management information processes and provide farmers with valuable information to help them improve and benchmark herd performance.


Central to this has been the development of the Queens Award-winning, web-based ‘Your Herd’ management programme which has greatly enhanced the power of milk- recording systems. It features tools which allow farmers and advisors to view both the whole herd and to “zoom in” to analyse individual cows, allowing essential management decisions to be made without the need to spend valuable time wading through information from several different sources.


Holstein UK is always working to improve IT to share knowledge in the industry.


CIS also offers a range of health-testing facilities which it processes through the state-of- the-art lab which uses the most up-to-date and efficient testing machinery in Europe to ensure rapid results for diseases such as Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) and Johne’s Disease.


Alongside this valuable piece of knowledge and information sharing via CIS, the creation of the CDI, has established a new era of industry cooperation, developing a single,


comprehensive and integrated database. This allows the storage and analysis of a wide range of data for knowledge transfer and informed management decisions. This wealth of information not only allows CDI to be an industry storage resource, but also to be an analytical centre of dairy information for management, benchmarking, education, information and


research purposes - all essential tools in ensuring the UK dairy industry operates efficiently within today’s challenging environment. Encompassing all UK dairy breeds, the centre raises the UK herd genetic profile nationally and across the globe. Running in parallel with these important developments, Holstein UK is making significant investments in its IT systems and software in order to allow more data to be shared across the dairy industry using a cloud-based approach. The current data streams developed by Holstein UK, CIS and CDI are end-user focussed, ensuring farmers rapidly receive vital herd information, allowing them to make more informed decisions on the health and welfare of their herd and share this information with other team members.


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