DataGene and DairyBio are investigating the application of MIR (mid infrared) technology to analyse herd test milk samples for indicators of health status, such as ketosis risk, fertility and lameness. This information could be used in two ways:
- By farmers and their advisors to monitor current status of the herd.
- For the development of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) so that farmers can identify and breed animals with improved genetics for health traits.
MIR for Health builds on the foundation research undertaken in the MIRforProfit project which ran from 2015-2018. Read more
MIR provides a new way of economically gathering performance data (phenotypes) from a large number of cows with less reliance on expensive collection at research centres.