Just as dairy farming is identified as an essential occupation nationally in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Herd Information (DHI) services also remain available to support producers.
“DHI regional organizations with technicians working with herds, laboratories for sample testing and the dairy records processing centers are all continuing to serve dairy farmers,” reports Jay Mattison, CEO of National DHIA.
“Our member DHI organizations are working with herd owners and managers to respect their individual preferences in terms of on-farm service. Programs for owners regarding technician service or even transition to owner-sampler programs can be individually customized. While DHI service personnel have always carefully adhered to proper bio-security practices, enhanced sanitation and social distancing procedures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have been implemented.
“DHI employees are being directed to stay at home if they experience any symptoms of disease. Many administrative staff and farm technical consultants across the country are working remotely from home, even as they continue to provide regular services,” Mattison continues.
DHI leaders emphasize their concern for the safety of their employees well as for dairy farm families and farm staff.
As dairy herds continue to produce high quality milk for consumers, the need for the management information remains. Mattison quotes one dairy producer saying, “I can milk my cows but I can’t manage my herd without DHI information.”
About National DHIA
The National Dairy Herd Information Association (NDHIA) is a service association for the dairy records industry, serving the best interests of its members and the dairy industry by maintaining the integrity of dairy records and advancing dairy information systems.