DairyMetrics is a benchmarking tool available from the DRMS website
for dairy farm performance evaluation. You can select information to display about your
individual herd in comparison to herds which meet criteria that you select (cohort herds).
Producers, consultants, agricultural extension personnel or DHIA staff can use
DairyMetrics to compare an individual herd to cohorts or analyze an entire group of herds.
Cohort herds can be selected based on their individual parameters within five
classifications (general, production, udder health, reproduction and genetic information).
Within these five classifications, there are 76 variables from which to choose.
DairyMetrics will display information about your herd plus the means, standard
deviations, minimums and maximums for the cohort herds. It also gives the percentiles
for each herd performance parameter in comparison to the cohort group. You have the
option of graphing your herd and its cohorts for the previous three months and from data
one year ago.
The underlying database includes herd summary information from almost 14,000 herds that
are routinely processed by DRMS. The database is updated nightly to maintain current