Herd Testing

myHERD Testing

Measure and monitor your herd

  • We're on farm for every test
  • More milk in the vat
  • Real milk volumes

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Herd Testing Service

Gain an overall picture of your herd's production

Herd Testing is a valuable way of identifying the high and low performers in your herd. For individual cows, herd testing can recognise low and high producers, identify mastitis risk as well as confirm pregnancy status, disease status and provide milk urea breeding values.

At CRV, we provide accurate milk quality results based on real milk volumes measured on farm. Having the same Herd Tester at each test not only makes the task easier, it makes it for a better experience.

Tips for a successful herd test

Before the milk test, raise vacuum to compensate for vacuum loss once herd test milk meters are installed, as meters typically use 2-3 kpa of vacuum.

The vacuum should be raised to 48kPa for low lines and for rotaries, 50kPa for milk lines above the cow. Switch to ‘Constant’ if available.

This is only needs to happen for the duration of the herd test.

Tests Available

  • A2 Beta Casein Status
  • BVD and Johnes Disease Status
  • Somatic Cell Count (SCC)
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Milk Urea Nitrogen BV*

*only available when herd recording with CRV's myHERD

It didn’t even feel like a herd test

"The CRV technician and I were laughing in the shed. It was like having a mate working with me. It was so organized!"
Phil Smith

What's different?

We’re on farm for every test

We provide a fully-trained Herd Tester at all Herd Tests, as part of the shed visit fee. The tester will set up the ICAR (International Committee for Animal Recording) approved meters, record volumes & take samples, all at the time of milking, which ensures accuracy of the data collected. Additional technicians are available on request.

For larger sheds/herds, an additional herd tester may be required. The assist can be provided by CRV or the farmer. This depends on size and shed flow/system, but generally 26-28 cups is the maximum for one herd tester.

More milk in the vat

Small samples of 30mls are taken, which means more milk in the vat & more room in the dairy.

We provide actual milk volume which matches your tanker docket, giving you confidence in the accuracy of the reports.

Flexibility around dates & timing

We do our best to offer flexibility when scheduling tests to suit our customers.

Recording with myHERD?

Receive a same day report

A same day production report is emailed to the farmer (*providing they are a CRV herd recording client & records are up to date and during business hours only).

Understand your environment impact

Following two herd tests, and when recording with CRV myHERD, we can provide a report on your individual cow BV for Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN).

The CRV Herd Testing Service is compliant with the ISO accredited standard ISO 9001:2015 and the NZ Herd Testing Standard NZS 8100:2015.

Better Herd Podcast

Podcast: Pregnancy Testing for better decision making

Determining the pregnancy status of your herd via milk can be done as part of your CRV herd test. Pregnancy testing can provide you with valuable information to help you make good management decisions about what needs to happen and when.
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