NMR will have specialist dairy vets on its stand at the Dairy
Event, Stoneleigh on Wednesday and Thursday 20/21 September. Dairy
farmers can book an appointment to get a free 15-minute herd health
consultation with one of the vets during the event.
The vet will view the farmer’s own herd data using NMR’s
Herd Companion, accessing herd data through a web link on the NMR
stand. Using the analysis tools easily available on Herd Companion,
the vet will be able to highlight areas that might warrant further
“The idea is that farmers take advantage of the combination
of available herd data, fast analysis of specific herd health criteria
and the vet’s input,” says NMR’s Jonathan Davies. “We
are confident that the farmer will get some useful pointers to take
home and pursue with their own vet after the event.”
The NMR software programs InterHerd and Herd Companion are now used
by 80% of the UK’s large animal veterinary practices. “They
have opened the door to vets being able to access and interrogate
dairy herd data remotely – with the farmer’s permission – so
they can spot issues with individual animals and adverse trends in
herd performance without visiting the farm, particularly through the
benchmarking tools available within Herd Companion, ” adds Mr
“Not only does this provide an early warning system prior to
any adverse symptoms being expressed in the herd, but also allows
vets to request the farmer to segregate animals prior to their visit – saving
time and money.”
Contact NMR Customer Services on 0870 1622547 or visit the NMR stand
in Exhibition Hall 1 and book a consultation.
Herd Companion offer
As part of its campaign to encourage producers to make full use of
their records to improve herd health, NMR is offering two months free
subscription to Herd Companion for those signing up for the web based
service for a 12-month period. The offer will be launched at the Dairy
Herd Companion is specifically aimed at combating declining trends
in cow health and fertility. It analyses recorded data to provide
important production details associated with health and fertility,
such as identifying early lactation cows with low protein percentages,
suggesting a negative energy balance, which can signal fertility problems.
It will also list cows in seven crucial mastitis and cell count categories,
covering new infection, chronic infection, recovered and uninfected.
Developed with vets and already used in many dairy practices, Herd
Companion gives up-to-date detailed data very quickly, identifying
potential problem cows following every milk recording.
Herd Companion costs £5 per month. Visitors to the NMR stand
at the Dairy Event will get the first two months free if they subscribe
for 12 months.
Free BVD test
Continuing the health theme, producers supplying milk
buyers who use National Milk Laboratories (NML) for their payment
testing can register for a free BVD test. This test will use a
bulk milk sample collected by NML from the depot, avoiding the need
for any special sampling. Results will be sent back to the farmer
and also directly to the vet if required.
Mastitis cost calculator
How much is mastitis costing? Thanks to
a joint initiative with Intervet, producers visiting the NMR stand
will be able to use a web based ‘mastitis calculator’ to
establish how much mastitis is costing them over the year. The system
assesses SCC and Bactoscan data along with yield information against
the milk price penalty bands associated with the milk buyer.
Visit the NMR stand at the Dairy Event on Wednesday 20 and Thursday
21 September in Exhibition Hall 1.
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