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Accurately identify problem areas. Udder health management reports produced by competitive DHI processing centers calculate new infection rates by dividing the number of new infections by the number of cows on test. In addition, cows with a Condition Affecting Record (CAR) code are not included in calculations. With AgSource's UHM Summary, new infections (including CAR coded cows) are divided by the number of uninfected cows on the previous test day. This New Infection Rate is an accurate picture of what is happening in each "Risk Group".

Why is this important? Let's assume you have 100 cows on test, 20 have chronic infections and 8 cows who had not had an SCC over 199,000 this lactation are infected this month. You also have another 12 cows with new infections, but these cows had infections earlier in this lactation. There are also 4 newly infected cows with a CAR code. The New Infection Rate using the old methodology is 8% (8/100). AgSource's UHM Summary calculates a New Infection Rate of 30% (24/80.)  A new infection rate of 30% raises a red flag that your herd's udder infection status needs your full attention.

AgSource's UHM Package is unique in the industry because it categorizes cows with an SCC over 199,000 on their first test day after calving by taking into account the cow's infection status on the last test day of her previous lactation. If she was infected at the end of her last lactation, she is a Chronic Infection, not a Fresh Cow Infection.

In this case, this categorization focuses your attention on Chronic Infections, saving you the effort of overhauling your dry and fresh cow management.   UdderHealthMgntSummary2-10-09.jpg                                                                                                            

Benchmarks - AgSource's UHM Summary makes extensive use of benchmarks. Click here for access to see benchmarks (in English) with more detailed breakouts based on Breed, Holsteins by Herd Size and Holsteins by Production Level.

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