Pouring Money Down the Drain?
Farmers that don’t record dry offs do not receive an accurate Annual Report for their herd or valid lactations for their animals that have paid for.
The average herd owner pays €15 per cow per year for milk recording, in a 100 cow herd this equates to €1500! Why pay €1500 for a service without getting the full benefits? The service is paid for but the farmer misses out on the most valuable part of the service by not recording this simple date.
A Valid Lactation
Dry offs must be recorded to ensure that a cow has a valid lactation. A valid lactation is one that is closed (has dry off date) with over 150 days in milk or is still in milk and had a test on or after 305 days in the given year.
A Valid Lactation ensures that a cows lactation details will be printed on pedigree certificates, sales catalogues and the Annual Report. Also, when a cow has a valid lactation her data is included in genetic evaluations, which increases the reliability of the cow and her relations.Valid lactations are currently used by the Department of Agriculture when calculating evaluations for Disease Eradication Schemes.
Recording Dry offs
Here at ICBF we don’t know the difference between a Dry Cow and a cow that you plan to milk through the winter! That’s why you need to tell us.
Dry offs can be recorded several ways:
- ICBF Website: Dry offs can be recorded for all herds at www.icbf.com, herdowners need a username & password to login which can be obtained by texting PASS to 089 457 7663. Or by contacting HerdPlus on 023-8820452.
- Dry Off Notification Sheets: You should receive these by post from your milk recording organization later in the year.
- Farm Software: If you use a farm software provider ensure to record your dry offs ensure you send the file to ICBF on completion of recording.
- Animal Events Recording Book: Dates can be recorded on the Animal Events Recording Book and sheets subsequently posted to Animal Events Agency, PO Box 72, Clonakilty, Freepost, Co.Cork
- Mobile Phone Text: You can text your dry offs to the ICBF by sending them to the following: 089 4577663. E.g. Dry 127, 256, 785, 1165, 1952, 2514 25/11/2014
- HerdPlus App: Dry offs can be recorded for all herds on the ‘ICBF Web Application’ mobile app, herdowners need to download the app from Android ‘Play store’ or Apple ‘App store’ depending on which mobile device you have.