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Title: Herd testing highlights ; vol. 16 no. 1
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Directors' Notes
Southeast DHIA is governed by a 9-
member board representing three geographical
regions. Current directors include: Ed
Henderson, Live Oak, FL; Mark Rodgers,
Dearing, GA; Rufus Yoder, Jr, Montezuma, GA;
David Cagle, Canton, GA; Aubrey Moon,
Madison, GA; Don Bennink, Bell, FL; David
West, Jr., Camilla, GA; Gary Keyes,
Brooksville, FL. and Dale Eade, Marianna, FL.
Southeast DHIA Directors have met
four times during 2002. The meeting agenda
usually includes minutes from previous
meetings, financial report, lab report and review
of management activities and personnel.
The next meeting is scheduled for
January 15 and will include budget discussions
for 2003. Board members are elected for 3-year
terms. One board seat from each area will be up
for election in the spring of 2003. The board
has begun development of a strategic plan and
finalization of corporate by-laws. These will
require more consideration in the coming year.


Southeast DHIA, Inc.
P.O. Box 142460
Gainesville, FL 32614-2460
Phone: (352) 392-5592
Fax: (352) 392-5595
University of Florida & University of Georgia


Dan W. Webb
Ray West
Don Shaw
Christina Dore'
Robyn Brady
Nicole Reyneveld


General Manager
Area Manager-Georgia
Meter & Training
Administrative Assistant
Field Rep-North Georgia
Publication Editor


New DHIA Technicians
Cathy Weaver and Jay Peters have
recently been hired as DHIA Technicians.
Cathy will work in central Georgia and Jay in
north Florida. Both are currently undergoing
training and look forward to full certification
soon.

Operations Manager Resigned
Ron McCuddy, former Operations
Manager resigned his position September 1 to
move to Raleigh NC. Ron joined Florida DHIA
1990 as Fieldman, and continued as Operations
Manager after the merger of the Georgia and
Florida DHIA's. Ron is now employed by
DRMS as a computer support specialist. Some
of our members have already talked to Ron by
telephone for help with PCDART.

Southeast DHIA Management
The management staff for SE DHIA is
made up of several persons. Dr. Dan Webb
serves a dual role as General Manager and
Extension Dairyman. He directs the overall
operation, communicates with the board and
outside cooperators. Ray West is Area Manager
for Georgia. Ray works heavily with
technicians servicing herds in Georgia and
provides leadership for the program in Georgia.
Don Shaw is responsible for meter calibration,
repair and maintenance for all of Southeast
DHIA. He provides in-barn training for new
employees and also does contract meter
calibration for other state DHIA organizations.
Robyn Brady is the DHIA Field Representative
in North Georgia while providing testing service
to circuit of herds there. Christina Dore is our
Administrative Assistant in the Gainesville FL
office. Her responsibilities center around
accounting and communication.


Deputmentof Animal Science Daiyh POgrani
November-December 2002
Volume 16, No. 1


Herd
Testing
Highlights
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Southeast DHIA Technicians


The Southeast DHIA
enjoys a close working
relationship with DRMS in
Raleigh, Southeast Lab,
Tennessee Lab, the
University of Georgia and
the University of Florida.
This alliance provides
flexibility in the service
provided to the Southeast
DHIA members and
emphasizes timely,
economic and accurate
information.


Skilled Labor Force: The
Southeast DHIA employs
21 lead technicians and
four assistant technicians.
Each technician is
proficient in the use of
milk metering equipment,
DRMS software and
sample collection. The
management staff of
Southeast DHIA schedules
two comprehensive
meetings per year to ensure
the technicians meet or
exceed National DHIA
credentials, the dairymen's
demands and the Southeast
DHIA obligation to its
members.


The technicians for
Southeast DHIA are as
follows:

Lead Technicians

Ken Brown
Eatonton, GA

Steve Esh
Montezuma, GA

Greg Gandy
Coolidge, GA

Mary Gerhauser
McAlpin, FL

Steve and Nancy
Giddens
Lake City, FL

Lloyd Holdenman
Wrens, GA

Brenda Hood
Millen, GA

Dwain Howle
Franklin, GA

Johnny Jones
Trenton, FL

Don and Barbara
Kicklighter
Madison, GA


Sergio I Madrid
Gainesville, FL

Donna Mashburn
Doerun, GA

Stephanie Middleton
Huxford, AL

Jay Peters
Hawthorne, FL

Thomas Peters
Forsyth, GA

Wayne Racaniello
Nokomis, FL

Farrell Warwick
Cleveland, GA

Victor and Cathy
Weaver
Andersonville, GA

Assistant Technicians

Karol Getzlaff
Live Oak, FL

Gregory Howard
Opp, AL

Cindy Jewel
Okeechobee, FL

James Mashburn
Doerun, GA










PCDART Users


Breeding Trigger
In August, a new feature was added to
the breeding screen in PCDART. You can
now record a trigger for the breeding and
how long after the trigger event the breeding
occurred. Possible breeding triggers are:
Standing, Mounting, Mucus, Full Kmar, Part
Kmar, Ovarian Palm, Chalk/paint,
Pedometer, Timed AI, Nervousness, Edema,
Ultrasound and User Defined 1 and 2.
(Currently you can't change the titles for
User Defined 1 and 2.)
There are three possibilities for the
breeding time, <2 hours (at observation), 2-
12 hours and >12 hours.
Two new database items have been
added for breeding time and trigger.
Breeding trigger is DBI 221 and time since
trigger is 222. These items have also been
added as an option to report 106 -
Conception Rate Summary.

Semen Inventory
Foreign bulls that were entered into
Semen Inventory using the old program will
need to be re-entered after the new May
programs are installed and a test day update
has taken place. PCDART will not
recognize that 046682654 and
CAN*6682654 are the same bull, so you
may end up with the same bull in inventory
under two (or more) different ID numbers.
Report 109 -Semen Inventory, will give a
list of bulls currently in inventory.

Import Classification Scores into
PCDART
Classification information is available to
import into PCDART from Holstein USA
(ask for the Scoreboard data file) and
American Jersey Cattle Association. To
receive the file, contact your breed
association or your classifier at the time of
classification. To import data:
1. From the PCDART 6 Main Menu,
go to the Auxiliary Menu.
2. Select option I-Import Classifi-
cation, SER. Sire Recommendations.


3. Choose option C-Classification
Scores.
4. You will be prompted for the file
name. If the file is on a disk, type in
A:filename.ext.
5. You will receive a statement of the
number of records that were added, new
and updated.
Classification information can be
viewed on the cow page by pressing
ALT-F4 for the Breed Assn. Page.
Classification information can be
displayed in reports using the following
database items:
323 Type BAA
324 Type final score (sort)
325 Type classification date (sort)
326 Type composition scores

Peak Milk
Use PCDART to evaluate whether cows
are peaking early or late. Two new database
items are now available in PCDART:
147 Peak days in milk
148 Peak days in milk deviation
The deviation in days in milk for peak is
"observed" minus "standard." The standard
DIM is determined based on the cow's
breed, lactation number and season of
calving. When determining peak milk and
days -in-milk-at-peak:
Cow must be 100 or more DIM
before the first peaks are
determined for this lactation
(i.e. peaks will be zero until the
first test day after 100 DIM).
All test days (from 7 to 150
DIM) will be used to determine
peaks.

Heifer Health Codes
All cow health codes are now available
for heifers. Previously there were only 10
codes allowed for heifers. The same 10
heifer codes are available, but the addition
of the cow health codes allows greater
flexibility in reporting health events for
heifers.










Lab Hot Sheets
One significant option that is available from the
SMI Lab is the "Hot Sheet". This option
provides immediate SCC information for herds
with aggressive udder health programs. For
$5.00, the lab will fax (or mail) a listing of all
cows with SCC results as soon as samples clear
the lab. Even better, the Hot Sheet includes a
listing of the top 20 cows in contribution of SCC
to the bulk tank. This is possible by collation of
daily milk production with the SCC results. Use
of this information can be a life-saver for herds
needing to reduce their bulk tank somatic cell
count. Herds wanting this option should
request it from their DHIA Technician.

PocketDairy
Version 3.0 of PocketDairy is scheduled for
release in early 2003. This new enhanced
program will offer several significant upgrade
features. Herds can easily back up data to a
small chip to prevent loss of information that
means less frequent synchronization with the
desktop computer. Further, this new version
will allow use of PocketDairy by herds without a
desktop computer. Additionally, updates of
information in the Palm computer will be "live"
so that the Palm can become a full service
information manager for breeding, health and
dry-offs. Keep a lookout for this new service!

DHIA Quality Certification
DHIA records are used by outside
persons and firms in many different ways.
Genetic evaluation of bulls and cows is primary,
but there are many others where the world is
expecting DHIA data to be correct. Certification
of data collected by DHIA is accomplished by a
program of evaluation and audit conducted by
QCS, Inc. and overseen by the Council on Dairy
Cattle Breeding. Under this program, DHIA
service organizations are required to use
standard equipment and procedures that have
been approved by rigorous evaluation. Each
year, Southeast DHIA is audited for compliance
with all aspects of herd testing which range from
training of new technicians, to proper use and
calibration of meters and proper oversight of
barn procedures. Milk testing labs and
computing centers must pass initial evaluation
and yearly audits to offer certified DHIA


service. Southeast DHIA expects the audit for
2003 to be conducted in late February.


DHIA Calendar

Jan 28, 2003 GA Milk Producers Annual Conference (Perry, GA)
Jan 30, 2003 Winter DHIA Technicians Meeting (Perry, GA)
Jan 31,2003 Winter DHIA Technicians Meeting (Lake City, FL)
Mar 15,2003 National DHIA Meeting (Reno, NV)
Apr 30, 2003 Florida Production Conference (Gainesville, FL)
May 13, 2003 DRMS Spring Workshop (Raleigh, NC)


Georgia Florida
Average No. Cows/Herd 246 644
% Cows in Milk 80.9 80.6
Rolling Herd Average 17,870 17,276
Milk Lbs/Day (Milking Cows 54.2 52.5
Only)
Average Lactation Stage (DIM) 189 188
Standardized 150-Day Milk 61.0 59.3
Feed Cost/Cow $ 3.23 3.43
Ave. Milk Price Reported($/CWT) 14.78 15.13
Feed Cost per CWT Milk $ 5.99 6.30
Test Day/Bulk Tank Deviation 1.13 1.72
% Heats Observed 34.1 41.5
Average Days to 1st Service 104 106
Average SCC Score 3.83 3.98
% Herds Below SCCS of 6 77 75



Southeast DHIA
Daily Milk Production By State
December 2001 November 2002


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