Data has always been a staple in agriculture. Even the early farmers kept track of the weather, how much milk their cows gave and the health of their herd. Over the centuries, data’s role in dairying has increased exponentially, with the collection of data employing the latest technology.
Today, the importance of data and technology is most evident in the field of dairy cattle genetics. From the establishment of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) in the early 1900s to the recent use of genomics, the advancement in technology has profoundly impacted the nation’s dairy herd.