Without good knowledge of current performance, and a clear idea of what's possible, it's difficult to work out how and where to make improvements.

Use industry benchmarks to compare your herd's udder health performance with industry benchmarks for clinical mastitis and milk somatic cell count (SCC) measures.

These benchmarks are based on real herd data and indicate what's achievable in the future.

For an overview click here.

Benchmark exercise

Industry Benchmarks were derived from data sets from Fonterra, LIC, and Cognosco Animal Health Centre (Morrinsville). The performance of herds at the 50% position, top 25% position and top 10% position were identified. These "percentile" figures provide industry benchmarks.

For more information:

To find out more about the importance of benchmarking, click on the links below:

Lower cell count benefits bottom line. Fonterra Farmlink, November 2011 PDF (161 kb)

Guideline 11 - Monitor bulk milk SCC