Herd Genetic Reports

Why use the Herd Genetic Report

HGR Button

Herd Genetic Reports (HGRs) have been available for a number of years through AHDB Dairy, to all UK dairy farmers who milk record. HGRs allow farmers to see the genetic potential of their herd by providing  the following information for the cows registered on their farm:

  •  Milk (kg)
  • Fat and Protein (kg and %)
  • £PLI, £SCI or £ACI
  • Inbreeding Level
  • Management Traits - Lifespan, SCC, Fertility, Mastitis and Maintenance.  Calf Survival and Lameness Advantage are available in the Individual Reports.

HGRs are available in three formats - as Individual Reports (separated into Youngstock and Milking Herd), Herd Genetic Report Summary and finally a Benchmarking Report.

December '15 saw the inclusion of youngstock in the HGR and the addition of the ‘Herd sire list’ which reports the genetic merit for bulls with daughters in the herd, to provide a quick overview of progeny counts by sire and their influence in the herd.

Since July ’16 an easy to use Inbreeding Checker is also now available through the HGR log in.  This quick and simple tool allows users to check how related all available bulls are to the herd.  Individual bulls can then be selected, based on genetic merit and inbreeding suitability, and for these bulls it will then perform pair-wise inbreeding checks on the bulls and cows of interest and flag up problem matings.

For further information, a HGR and Inbreeding Checker factsheet is available from the library section.  This factsheet details the information found in the reports and gives a step-by-step guide to using the Inbreeding Checker.

Find out more about how our Herd Genetic Reports can be used to help reduce costs and improve the potential for profit when using sexed semen as part of our #Breed4Better campaign

Demo the Herd Genetic Report 

A demo login has been created for you to discover what a Herd Genetic Report can do for you.  Simply click through to the login page using the icon at the top right of this page and use the following details;

Username: Demo farm

Password: Demo

The below video also demonstrates the Inbreeding Checker in action;

Registering for a Herd Genetic Report

If you would like to register for your herd’s genetic summary, please fill out the form here.

For third party authorisation, please download the form from here.

Herd Genetic Report privacy statement

The Privacy of Your Personal Information and the Herd Genetic Report

The Herd Genetic Report website is run by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with development support from Rade Digital.  We take the privacy and security of your personal information very seriously. We will never sell your data to third parties and the sensitive business information you provide will be treated as ‘commercial in confidence’ by us. How we use your information and take care of it is explained here.

What personal information we collect and why:

The personal information we collect will be your trading name, first name, surname, complete mailing address, email address and milk recording number to enable AHDB to create a user account if one does not yet exist for the farm, including identifying herd in our data set, and add the farm herd to the requesting third party account.

Like most websites, ours uses ‘cookies’ to help us make our website, and your user experience, better. Cookies mean that a website will remember you. They are small text files that sites transfer to your computer/tablet/smartphone and make interacting with a website faster and easier. There are more details in our Cookie Policy at https://ahdb.org.uk/CookiePolicy.aspx

How we will use your information:

We will use your information to administer your access to the Herd Genetic Report and to enable AHDB to contact you about updating who has access to your herd genetic information through third party authorisation requests.  We will also use your information to occasionally contact you about changes and developments to the Herd Genetic Report and related matters.

If we wish to use your information for any other purpose we will communicate this with you in advance.

How we will keep your information safe:

We ensure that there are appropriate technical controls in place to protect your personal information. Hard copy and online materials are kept secure with restricted and controlled access.

Our third party suppliers operate under contracts that cover how they manage personal information and comply with applicable UK Data Protection legislation.  The Herd Genetic Report website and your personal information is stored in the UK by IE Designs on its secure network and cloud environment.

We will never sell your personal information to third parties and we will not release your personal information to any company outside of the AHDB for their mailing or marketing purposes.

Third country transfers:

AHDB’s own systems and storage are within the European Economic Area (EEA) and as part of the Herd Genetic Report request process your data would not be transferred to any third country.

How long we will keep your data:

We will retain your personal information until you choose to unsubscribe from the Herd Genetic Report by emailing your request to breeding.evaluations@ahdb.org.uk

Your Rights:

By law you have certain rights over your personal data that we hold – see www.ico.org.uk for guidance on your rights.  You have the right to ask us to correct any errors, the right to ask for a copy of the personal data we hold about you, and the right to object (based on your specific situation) to Rade Digital or AHDB’s processing, and the right to request erasure. To enquire about exercising any of these rights please contact breeding.evaluations@ahdb.org.uk. We may need to verify your identity before implementing your request.

The AHDB Privacy Notice:

The full AHDB Privacy Notice can be found on our website at www.ahdb.org.uk/PrivacyNotice