Dairy One exists to help farms succeed. We do this by measuring components on the farm, from cow and crop production, to feed, soil and water analysis. Measuring the right things provides the critical information necessary to make informed decisions. We measure it so you can manage it.
Dairy One’s heritage goes back to the late 1940’s as farmers banded together to provide dairy herd improvement services to farms in New York State through NY Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative (NYDHIC). This federated service cooperative was organized to serve its members while providing benefits to the greater dairy industry. The initial focus was measuring milk and butterfat production from dairy cattle so that dairymen could better manage feeding and breeding strategies to improve farm profitability.
Through the subsequent decades of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s NYDHIC grew, working closely with Cornell University and the Cooperative Extension system offering milk testing and records services to farmers. In those early days it was common for NYDHIC supervisor to stay at the farm. Records were updated by hand and milk was tested using a Babcock machine. The Babcock centrifuge allowed for complete butterfat separation and was used for tracking butterfat results for each milking cow.
The mission of Dairy One is to create and deliver data and information which will be used to make profit enhancing decisions for members of the agricultural community.