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 firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Shepard, Secretary email@example.com
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)
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.
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|
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!
CDCB Goat Queries (formerly hosted at AIPL)
DHIA REFERENCE MATERIALS:
New SOP adopted by ADGA - 2003
Standard Operating Procedures
National Dairy Goat Handbook
DHIA Uniform Data Collection Procedures
Code of Ethics
DHI Goats List
Facebook - ADGA Performance Programs
Last Update 01/10/2014
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