Dairy Goat Herd Improvement is a commitment to production related goals.  This program includes year round monitoring of milk volume, components and herd health.   At DHIA West (formerly California DHIA), dairy goat herds  are enrolled in several local associations.  DHIA West provides support for the commitment that herd owners and producers have made to improving quality through a milk recording program.  As with their dairy cattle herds, DHIA West  associations produce herd and doe records for dairy producers for dairy herd management, genetic evaluations, and pedigree purposes.

DHIA West contracts with ADGA to provide a quality assurance program for dairy goats.  This program will assure acceptance by USDA that records are made under uniform conditions and appropriate to use for genetic purposes.

DHIA West provides a verification notification  to its local associations so that they can alert producers with high producing animals that may have the potential to earn breed recognition awards.   Levels are determined each year by the Dairy Goat Advisory committee based on previous top breed leader averages.  DHIA West publishes an Honor Roll each year of herds meeting production minimums. 

Tester Training specific to dairy goats is held at various times during the year, generally in late winter/early spring.  There is an annual training at the UC Davis Dairy Goat Day each year.  Others are scheduled in Oregon and California for 2015.  They will be posted as they are arranged.

If you can't attend a training, there is a popular online option through DHIA West.  There is an associated cost, you will be provided with the log on information after payment.

For more information, contact:

Alfred Duran, General Manager
4705 N Sonora Ave., Suite 111
Fresno, CA 93722
559.274.9605 or email: DHIA West

DHIA West has a Dairy Goat Advisory Committee with representatives from each regional association.  This committee meets once a year in early December.   If you have suggestions or questions as to how the committee can assist you,  contact either of the following:

                Joan Dean Rowe, DVM, Chair
                jdrowe@ucdavis.edu
               
                Lisa Shepard, Secretary
                shepard@thegrid.net

MANAGING the DAIRY HERD through DHI:                                       

1. Performance goals. Information describing "what is desired".
2. Descriptive information. Information describing "what is".
3. Diagnostic information. Information describing "what is wrong".
4. Predictive information. Information describing "what if".
5. Prescriptive information. Information describing "what should be".


                (Excerpted, Dairy Herd Improvement Handbook, 1985)
 

LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS

Following are the local associations currently handling dairy goat records.  Contact them for information as to how to join.  Visit here  for a full listing of DHIA West associations.

bullet Fresno DHIA
Joe D'Alessandro 559-233-7133
2563 S. Sarah Street, Fresno, CA 93706

bulletCentral Counties DHIA
Skip Vierra 209-356-0355
241 Business Park Way, Atwater, CA 95301

bulletKings County DHIA
Ed Vink 559-582-2010
126 South 10th Avenue, Hanford, CA 93230

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Maricopa County DHIA
Sandy Moore 480-695-9126
34403 N. Bell Road, Queen Creek, AZ  85242

bulletSouthern Counties DHIA/ (see DG rep below)
Rick Bealer 909-597-2111
7000 Merrill Avenue, Box 10, Bldg. 4, Chino, CA 91710

bulletSouthern Counties DGIA
Mary Lu Worth 915-817-8701
Norco, CA 91760

bulletTillamook DHIA
Kimber Wassmer 503-842-4843
2306 10th Street, Tillamook, OR  97141

bulletWillamette DHIA
Joel Talylor 503-362-1880
13979 Silverton Rd., Salem, OR 97305

Annual Summaries:

Since 1994, DHIA West has published annual dairy goat statistics summarizing production information in participating herds  by breed, by association, by herd size, and by test type plan.  

DHIA West Information:

For the year: 2014            
RHA Peak Milk lbs. Fat lbs. Fat % Protein lbs. Protein % RHA SCC Peak Milk
2112 (std) 73 3.48 65 3.08 685   9.2
    628 (mini) 38 5.99 26 4.21 180   2.9

Herds:

DHIA West has 4,177 does in 92 herds enrolled in 7 western states.  Records are processed either through AgriTech Analytics, DRMS or DHI-Provo.  DHIA West herds routinely are above the average!

Links:

                                                   

      USING DATA:                                              

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CDCB Goat Queries   (formerly hosted at AIPL)            

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Evaluation Tools

BREED ASSOCIATIONS:              

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ADGA

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AGS

DHIA REFERENCE MATERIALS: 

New SOP adopted by ADGA - 2003                        

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Standard Operating Procedures

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National Dairy Goat Handbook                       

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DHIA Uniform Data Collection Procedures

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Code of Ethics

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Glossary

NETWORKING

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DHI Goats List

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Facebook - ADGA Performance Programs                                                       

RECORDS CENTERS:

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AgriTech Analytics:    ATA Reports

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AgSource

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DHI-Provo:                Provo Reports          

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DRMS

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Texas DHIA (Langston)

 

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