National DHIA Looks at Big Data

While the DHI system itself generates lots of information for dairy producers, the delegates to the 53rd annual meeting of NDHIA heard a variety of presentations on the rapidly increasing volume and variety of data available to dairy farmers.  The sessions attracted nearly 150 people and were held Mar. 6 – 8 in San Antonio, Tex.


Industry updates were provided from CDCB, NAAB, the Holstein association and USDA / AGIL.  International guests were from DHI organizations in Canada, Denmark, France, Mexico and Spain along with the CEO of the International Committee on Animal Recording or ICAR… Martin Burke, an Irishman who works from Italy!

George Cudoc of New York is the new president, succeeding Kent Buttars, a dairyman from Utah.  Cudoc heads field services for DairyOne based in Ithaca, N.Y.  Jeff Horning, Michigan, and David Nadolf, Wisconsin, were elected to the board for the first time.

National DHIA is the trade association composed of 16 state and regional DHI organizations in the U.S.

George Cudoc is the newly elected president of National DHIA, moving up from the vice-president’s slot.  He’s the head of field services for DairyOne DHI, headquartered in Ithaca, N.Y.

Below he speaks about the challenges and opportunities faced by the DHI system working to help dairy producers.