Board Elections are Coming Up
Nominations are being received for
three SE DHIA board seats for 2003. Mark
Rodgers (dist 1), Dale Eade (dist 2) and Gary
Keyes (dist 3) have been nominated for re-
election. Additional nominations can be made
before August 29. Ballots will be mailed on
Florida High Production Herds Recognized
at Gainesville Meeting
Twenty-one DHIA herds received
Production Recognition Awards at this year's
Florida Dairy Production Conference in April.
This year's qualifying level was 19,142 lbs. of
milk. This year's high herd was Condale Dairy
with 25,763 lbs. of milk on 602 cows.
Meter Calibrations are Complete
Don Shaw calibrated 682 portable meters
used in Southeast DHIA. Ninety-one per
cent of the meters were within NDHIA
tolerance without adjustment. Don also has
calibrated 1,007 meters for Louisiana,
Alabama and Indiana DHIA's. Additional
meters will be calibrated for Mississippi and
Tennessee later this fall. Don is available to
calibrate and repair meters owned by
dairymen, as well.
Department of Animal Sciences Dairy Program
Southeast DHIA, Inc.
P.O. Box 142460
Gainesville, FL 32614-2460
Phone: (352) 392-5592
Fax: (352) 392-5595
Universities of Florida and Georgia
Dan W. Webb
Meter & Training
Field Rep-North Georgia
North Florida Holsteins
Univ ofFla DRU
Aurora Fl Unit 1
Aurora Fl Unit 2
Aurora Fl Unit 3
Harms Bros Dairy
T.K Hatten Dairy
T.J. Smith & Son
Green Cove Sp
Workshops on the new version of PCDART
were held in Gainesville, FL, Mayo, FL and
Madison, GA during the late spring and summer.
Participants saw demonstrations of the new
features in PCDART 7.5.
Herd Testing Highlights
.\t'i/Itil \ I/ A il/1 Her,'c Il l/i/ weln'e'i'1I/ IPr.' ti
Jtd\ -.Au us 2'" I'
\-oltine 17. No 2
SE DHIA Board Activity
The Board of Directors has met 3 times in
2003. Items receiving attention have included:
NDHIA participation, Laboratory operations,
use of NuPulse electronic meters for DHIA
testing, BlueCross health insurance for
employees, and review of DHIA budget and
finances. One item which will receive
consideration this fall is the herd testing
requirements and production level to be used for
high herd recognition by SE DHIA.
The board's next scheduled meeting is
October 15 in Belleview, Fl.
Production Recognition Requirements
Traditionally, DHIA's have recognized
herds with high production. Several years ago,
the National program made changes which
removed the "official" designation from records.
Since that time, it has not been clear what
requirements should be used.
Georgia Cream of the Crop awards have
been based on herds averaging more than 120%
of the state breed average, with an official string
or herd average.
One proposal is to establish uniform
guidelines for high-herd recognition for use in
Southeast DHIA. That proposal requires a herd
to be "supervised" and have a minimum of 10
tests in the last 365 days.
The board will be considering this at the
next meeting. If you have suggestions or an
opinion on this matter, feel free to contact any
board member of SE DHIA staff member.
PCDART 7.5 is Here
Version 7.5 of PCDART is now available. This
revision includes enhanced data entry using
Windows technology. Some people like it.
Some folks don't. It does provide additional
ways to enter data and allows entry of new
items. A new version of PocketDairy is provided
with improved features.
The interface with automatic milk recording
(AMR) systems has been transferred to
Windows and requires some modification from
the previous DOS version. If you have not
received this upgrade, contact Ray West, Don
Shaw, Dan Webb or Robyn Brady
In July, SE DHIA had
samples sent to the SMI Lab.
those herds is given below those
164 herds with
A summary of
DHIA Technicians Meet
The 2003 Annual Technicians' Conference was
held in Tifton on July 31 and August 1. This
year's guest speaker was Tammie Cross from
the DRMS Raleigh office. Tammie provided
training on the latest added features of PCDART
7.5. She also conducted a data-input exercise
All SE DHIA Technicians were present and
participated in this required training.
No. herds 164
No. cows 66,956
No. samples 56,913
Days to lab 2.82
Days in lab 0.72
Days at DRMS 0.30
Avg plant fat test 3.59
Avg DHIA fat test 3.46