It has been a 20-year process
Lactanet Canada recently achieved an historic milestone by enrolling its 100,000th cow from robotic systems, on milk recording. With about 700,000 cows in total on milk recording in the country, robotic herds have become an important and sizeable segment for Lactanet.
According to Richard Cantin, Lactanet’s Business Development Manager, “It was roughly 20 years ago that we did the first North American DHI sampling in a robotic system. It was new to us back then and the learning curve was very steep, but today DHI testing in robotic systems has become fairly routine.” He adds, “Over the last year, we’ve added 10 to 12 robotic herds to our services each month. The trend is strong and shows no sign of slowing down.”
Individual cows’ milk samples in robotic systems are collected with an automated sampling device. This aspect is very different and unique, but much of the rest of the DHI process is similar to any other herds.