Testing Programs

Testing Programs

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NorthStar offers a variety of testing programs, including Processed Tests and Direct Sample /Profit Tests. Processed Tests are those in which records are processed through Dairy Records Management Service. Direct-Sample / Profit Test,  are programs where the data is returned direct to the producer for use on your own computer.

Choose the testing program that’s best for you. Don’t see a program that meets your unique need? Contact us, and we’ll custom design a program.

Processed Tests

  • One time weighed and sampled
    DHI Specialist is on the farm for one milking to collect milk weights and samples. Weights may be gathered from an automated milk recording (AMR) device.
  • Two times weighed and sampled
    DHI Specialist is on the farm for two milkings in a 24-hour period to collect milk weights and samples. Weights may be gathered from an automated milk recording (AMR) device.
  • Three times weighed and sampled
    DHI Specialist is on the farm for three milkings in a 24-hour period to collect milk weights and samples. Weights may be gathered from an automated milk recording (AMR) device.
  • Owner-sampler
    DHI Specialist drops off meters and sample vials, so producer can collect samples and record weights. DHI Specialist picks up samples and sends to lab for processing. Producer can weigh and sample one, two or three milkings at no additional charge.
  • Robotic parlor test
    Priced at the Owner Sampler price, plus Shuttle rental if necessary. Shuttles are the additional piece of equipment needed to pull samples from the robots. Currently NorthStar is only able to test on Lely Robotic Systems. NorthStar has available for rent four Lely Shuttles. It is preferred to have one robot per Shuttle, with a maximum of two robots per Shuttle to reduce testing time and the risk of souring.
  • Automated milk recording update
    The weights that are collected from an AMR device in a parlor and sent to DRMS for processing. Bufferfat and protein are estimated. This test type is used in conjunction with the weighed and sampled test types.

Direct Sample / Profit Test

With Direct-Sample / Profit Testing, records are not processed through DRMS. Records are simply provided back to the producer for use on your own computer. The DHI Specialist pulls samples only, no weights or records are recorded. Components are processed thru a NorthStar Lab and an Excel Spreadsheet with the results is provided to the producer.

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