MIR for Health

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.


On-farm field collection

During Spring 2018 DataGene and DairyBio collected blood samples from 2000 cows and lameness scores from 5000 cows in very early lactation from herds with excellent records, such as herds participating in the Ginfo (Genomic Information) project. Cows are genotyped and have milk samples analysed using mid infrared spectrometry. Read more 

For more information contact Erika Oakes 0427 995 248, eoakes@datagene.com.au