ABS North America employees Dan Bauer, Genetic Management Programs Manager and Emily Novinskie, Dairy Performance Programs Data Manager recently spent a week in Beijing, China with the ABS/Genus team. Their mission for the trip was to introduce the ABS Genetic Management System® to the China business.
Dan and Emily spent four days abroad, and had the opportunity to visit multiple dairy data collection centers including the BDCC (Beijing Dairy Cattle Center), the DAC (Dairy Association of China), and the CAU (China Agriculture University). The responsibilities of these centers range from milk testing and proving out domestic bulls to classification programs, and Dan and Emily’s visits helped gain a better understanding of how GMS® could incorporate Chinese herd production, type and pedigree data to make breeding recommendations to Chinese dairy producers.
While gaining an understanding of data management was an important part of the trip, visiting customer farms provided a valuable understanding of the Chinese dairy industry. Farm stops included Modern Dairy – a milk bottling plant that relies on as many as 19 different farms for its milk and yogurt products. Sino Dairy was also on the tour, and is now using GMS recommendations in their herd.
The final day of the trip comprised of a training session, in which Dan and Emily delivered a presentation that educated members of the BDCC, DAC and ABS China team on what GMS is and what it hast to offer.
The ABS Genetic Management System has been implemented in the United States for over 40 years and is used in over 40 countries worldwide. It provides over four million matings each year. ABS Global is very optimistic about the Chinese market, and Nancy Jiang, president of ABS China believes the business will pay more attention to advanced concepts, technologies, and software services in the future. The GMS program is only the beginning of a relationship between data and genetics, and China is hopeful that GMS will provide a value-added service to Genus and work to improve type, production and overall cow health.