CanWest DHI is pleased to announce a major update to its popular Mobile DHI App, which now provides greater herd information including access to heifer data.
The app, which was just launched in February 2015, has been very well received by dairy producers. Since its introduction, CanWest DHI has been collecting feedback and suggestions about possible enhancements.
According to Richard Cantin, Manager of Customer Service for DHI, “the ability to not only look up milking cow information but also youngstock information was by far the most common suggestion we received. It took a bit of work, and we’re very happy to bring this major enhancement only a few months after the initial launch of the app.” The update also includes enhanced herd summary information as well as the addition of the new Pro$ index for cows and heifers.
The ease and convenience of data access is a key benefit of Mobile DHI. Cantin adds, “the adoption rate of smartphone technology is already quite high within the dairy industry and is growing rapidly. In particular, younger producers are telling us they prefer retrieving information via their phone versus paper reports, or even the internet. Mobile DHI is in response to those changing needs and preferences.”
Cantin concludes, “Mobile DHI has the same good information that our customers are used to, but now accessible in a different format and presentation. Not everyone will want to get their data through this app, but a certain segment of our customers certainly will and we’re excited to be able to provide that option.”
The app is available for Android and Apple devices, and once downloaded from the App store, producers simply have to contact CanWest DHI for enrolment and details on accessing their herd data, including personal identification number (PIN) which controls data access. The app can be downloaded free of charge, however a monthly fee applies for herd and cow data access.
CanWest DHI recently announced that the company has hit the milestone of 100,000 milk pregnancy tests.
“Since its launch in 2013, the milk pregnancy test has been very popular. Hundreds of producers have used the service and sample volumes have continued to grow”, states Richard Cantin, Manager of Customer Service for DHI.
He adds, “Customers tell us that the convenience is a key selling point of the test. Sample collection is already done as part of our regular service which means that there is no need to handle cows.” Most herds are using the milk test either as a 2nd preg check to supplement the early diagnosis by the herd veterinarian or as a last check before dry off.
Dairy producers know that improving Pregnancy Rates and reducing Days Open can have a significant economic impact, so a high priority is given to finding Open cows and quickly returning them to service. The DHI milk test is another tool to help them achieve that.
The test is based on ELISA technology detecting the level of pregnancy associated glycoproteins (PAGs), which are produced when a cow is pregnant and rise in concentration in blood and milk as the gestation progresses.
Cantin concludes, “we’re very pleased by how popular the test has been and by the positive feedback we’re getting from our customers. We look forward to continued strong growth of this service.”
Test now validated at 28 days
Recent studies have confirmed the test’s high accuracy as early as 28 days post breeding, and based on this validation work DHI is now offering that option.