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   News and Notes - December 2014

  • Vet Check Maxx, powered by PocketDairy Android version 1.3.28, was released at World Dairy Expo! It is tablet optimized and very simple to use. Add cows to check manually, by RFID or with a PCDART generated list / All data needed cowside is on one screen / Easy to navigate: shows last cow down, next cow to list and current cow / View or Enter Repro, Health Remarks, assign protocols and report chores done cowside.

    How do you get this version of PocketDairy? If you currently have PocketDairy installed on your device: 1) Tap on Settings | About PocketDairy; 2) Tap on Program Version. PocketDairy will download the latest version of the apk and update.

    Have a new tablet and want to install this new version? Open the browser on your tablet and navigate to\pd. The pocketdairy.apk file will automatically start downloading.

    Learn more! Simplify and streamline your vet check days. Check out Vet Check Maxx!

  • Log in and go to Download PCDART to update to the latest version of PCDART.
        New Features in 7.16.6.A

    New Webinar on Wednesday, October 8: Applying the Principles of MCM and IOFC to Your Operation. Join us at 2pm (EST). Dr. Greg Bethard will discuss Money Corrected Milk (MCM) and how it helps you evaluate the performance of your cows. He’ll also explain how MCM relates to Income Over Feed Cost (IOFC), and what IOFC can tell you about your cows. Don’t miss this review of metrics which enable you to evaluate profitability at the cow and herd level. Email or to register.

    Listen to our PCDART Shortcuts and Tips Webinar to learn PCDART keyboard shortcuts, how to do quick entry, “apply to all” functionality for temp groups and more. Need to know how to chain events together, assign health conditions and build subsequent reports? It's covered. Need to know how to enter body condition scores for your herd? Check! Cassie Sawyer, DRMS Tech Support Analyst, demonstrates ways to be more efficient and make the most of PCDART!

    Log in and click on the webinar title in the left-hand menu to access the video. The Educational Videos-Features links gives you access to over 20 short videos on various PCDART features.

  • See PCDART featured in Dairy Herd Network’s Precision Dairy Digital Buyer’s Guide by clicking here!
    Due to its ability to integrate with most on-farm automated milk recording, robotic and heat monitoring systems, PCDART is at the forefront of the precision dairying movement. Get the most of your investment in technology by linking PCDART with your precision dairying equipment.

  • Heifer Genomics Guide Our industry is on the genomics fast track. Dairy producers are testing heifers at an ever-increasing rate. Now, what to do with all this genomic data? This new report helps producers answer important questions such as: Which heifers should I test? Which heifers should be the dams of the next generation? Which heifers are good flush candidates? Which heifers should be culled to save costs? See the Heifer Genomics Guide Review for more details.

  • Udder Health Monitor: Quickly evaluate your herd's udder health with the graphs, tables and lists provided in this report. You will have the tools to reduce costs, increase milk value, and comply with an expected reduction of regulatory somatic cell limit already required by some milk cooperatives. See the Udder Health Monitor Review for more details.

  • NATIONAL DHIA ARTICLES (as seen in DairyBusiness)
    US DHI Herd Averages for SCC are Dropping - 11/13
    Working to Ensure Accuracy in DHI Milk ELISA Sample Results - 8/13
    Working to Ensure Accuracy in DHI Milk ELISA Sample Results - 6/13
    DHI Uniform Operating Procedures - 3/13
    Data for Decision Making with Today's Feed Prices - 12/12
    Changing Industry-USDA partnership for dairy cattle improvement - 8/12
    On-farm Electronic Meters and DHI Programs Work in Harmony - 5/12
    Importance of Measuring SCC Levels - 2/12
    DHI Programs Start with Accurate Milk Weights - 12/11
    The Value and Use of Data - 9/11
    Genomic Testing: a new technology tool - 8/11
    See all National DHIA articles at:

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