Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Dairy industry animal database goes live

Dairy industry animal database goes live

The transfer of the Dairy Core Database from farmer owned co-operative LIC to industry body DairyNZ has been completed and is now part of a new Dairy Industry Good Animal Database (DIGAD).

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says DIGAD is a new database that will hold the New Zealand Dairy Core Database, all the data required for animal breeding evaluation purposes and some additional data for industry research. Access to the core data will continue to be controlled by an independent panel.

“This includes animal performance data from customers of herd recording companies LIC and CRV Ambreed and data collected by breed societies,” he says.

“The transfer of the Dairy Core Database is an important step towards the industry’s target of increased genetic gain and industry-wide data use and was one of the main recommendations of the 2009 Anderson Review. It’s the culmination of years of work to reach this significant milestone,” he says.

“DairyNZ, through its subsidiary New Zealand Animal Evaluation Limited (NZAEL), the setting of the national breeding objective and Breeding Worth, is leading the provision of animal evaluation as well as providing access to the core data. This reinforces the critical nature of this information to the industry. Industry organisations must have access to collated data so we can evaluate things like Breeding Worth for dairy cattle and Forage Value Index for ryegrass.”

DairyNZ and LIC have been working closely for nearly two years to ensure a smooth transition of the database. This work has been supported through the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain Primary Growth Partnership programme, led by DairyNZ and Fonterra, partnering with the Ministry for Primary Industries.

“It’s been a huge collaborative effort between DairyNZ and LIC. We’ve also had a number of external organisations assisting with the design and build of the new DIGAD system.”

LIC chief executive Wayne McNee also acknowledged the team’s efforts to achieve an important milestone for New Zealand’s dairy industry.

“LIC has been looking after the core database since the 1980s, but the industry has developed a lot over the years and the time is right for it to move to DairyNZ.

“Handing over the core database to DairyNZ is a significant milestone for the project and achieving this is a credit to the hard work, dedication and commitment of everyone involved.

“They had a lot of important data to work with, and we are pleased to report that it has all transferred smoothly. We will continue to work with DairyNZ to ensure the next stages of the project are completed successfully.”

An independent audit of the project was undertaken and submitted to the Ministry for Primary Industries as part of the approval process for transferring the custodianship of the Dairy Core Database from LIC to DairyNZ.

The audit concluded that the new system was well configured, DIGAD was appropriately designed and built to receive core data and that appropriate arrangements were in place for the on-going management of the Core Dairy Database.

The transfer of the Dairy Core Database is the first phase of a programme of work that DairyNZ is undertaking. The next phase is the transition of the animal evaluation function from LIC to DairyNZ. Work on this has started and will be completed next year.

Researchers and others can apply to the independent panel for access to the core data on the DairyNZ website dairynz.co.nz/DIGAD.

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 



Amazon: AWS To Open Data Centres In New Zealand

Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced plans to open an infrastructure region in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2024. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) and join the existing 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic AWS Regions at launch... More>>

ALSO:


BNZ: Consumer Card Spending Climbing Out Of Delta Lockdown

New data from Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) shows card spending is heading back towards pre-delta lockdown levels. Spending on BNZ credit, debit and Eftpos cards has bounced back over the last three weeks and is now 14 per cent below the pre-delta lockdown average... More>>


Reserve Bank: A least regrets approach to uncertainty

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua makes decisions about official interest rates in a way that is robust in the face of uncertainty about the economy, Reserve Bank Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby says in a speech published today*... More>>

Fonterra: Completes reset, announces annual results and long-term growth plan out to 2030

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced a strong set of results for the 2021 financial year, reflected in a final Farmgate Milk Price of $7.54, normalised earnings per share of 34 cents and a final dividend of 15 cents... More>>


Statistics: GDP rises in the June 2021 quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.8 percent in the June 2021 quarter, following a 1.4 percent increase in the March 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. June 2021 quarter GDP was 4.3 percent higher when compared with the December 2019 quarter... More>>


Energy-from-waste: $350 Million Plant To Deliver Renewable Energy Considered

Investigations have begun into the viability of building an Energy-from-Waste plant that will safely convert 350,000 tonnes of waste, that would otherwise be dumped into South Island landfills annually, into renewable electricity... More>>