A single national database, including the breeding and performance records of more than three quarters of all the UK's milk-recorded cows, has been launched to provide the dairy industry with more consistent, reliable and economic animal performance and welfare improvement information.
The Centre for Dairy Information (CDI) is the culmination of more than five years hard work by leading UK dairy information providers to reduce duplication and cost while improving the accuracy and value of dairy animal performance, type and ancestry record-keeping.
It involves the major UK dairy breed societies and two of the country's three official milk recording organisations pooling their information in a fully-unified database run independently for the benefit of farmers and the industry.
Holstein UK chief executive David Hewitt said: "For the first time ever, farmers have fast, convenient and confidential 24-hour access to all the data held on every one of their animals in the same format from a single, reliable source.
"At the same time, the wider industry has comprehensive, high quality, aggregate data to support its improvement efforts. It also has an up-to-date information resource with which to far more effectively respond to growing demands for animal health and welfare and farm and food assurance.
"A single information resource has long under-pinned the successful improvement efforts of Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Italy and other leading European dairy countries. …