Information systems for dairy herds: who are the users?

  • Magda Maria Guilhermino Departamento de Agropecuária, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Nata
  • M. A. Freitas Instituto de Zootecnia, APTA. São José do Rio Preto, SP. Brasil


In Brazil, the use of information systems (IS) for record-keeping in dairy herds has been limited. However, in a project of the “Instituto de Zootecnia - Núcleo de Pesquisas Zootécnicas Nordeste”, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, a group of 46 milk producers made use of IS for as long as they participated over the life of the project from 1989 to 1999. The herds adopted the records system known as DAISY (Dairy Information System) developed at the University of Reading, England, for monitoring purposes. The present study had the objectives of characterizing these users with regard to certain socio-cultural aspects and physical characteristics of the farms. The variables studied were analyzed by means of descriptive statistics and cross tables to determine levels of association between them, which were tested by Chi-Square. For the majority of the farms monitored, milk production is the principal activity, and in spite of using modern technology, many of these producers are still selling grade C milk. The smaller herds are tending to abandon dairying, and as to the larger herds, managers of most of them became aware of the need to utilize IS during their participation in the project and subsequently opted to use IS on their own.


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Guilhermino, Magda Maria, and M. A. Freitas. 2005. “Information Systems for Dairy Herds: Who Are the Users?”. Archivos Latinoamericanos De Producción Animal 8 (2).
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