The NMR Group is structured on three wholly owned subsidiary businesses which reflect the sectors in which we operate: National Milk Records, National Milk Laboratories and National Livestock Records. National Milk Records (NMR) is the leading supplier of milk recording services in the UK, providing management information on individual cow`s performance in terms of milk quality, yield and fertility. It is acknowledged by the industry that NMR is the market leader in the provision and support of dairy software in Great Britain. Developed by PAN Livestock Services (at the University of Reading) in conjunction with National Milk Records, InterHerd is used throughout Europe and South America due to its flexible herd management, analysis and reporting ability.
National Milk Laboratories (NML) provides payment and quality testing for all major milk buyers in the UK such as Dairy Crest, Arla Foods, Wiseman and First Milk. NML receives bulk milk samples from 98% of UK dairy farms for every collection of milk made by the milk buyer. NML also runs national statutory testing programmes on behalf of DEFRA and the Food Standards Agency.
National Livestock Records (NLR) is a development business which is utilising the expertise gained in the dairy sector from NMR and NML to build service provision in the Red Meat Sector. Traceability, Food Providence and need to improve efficiency are all key drivers in the Red Meat Sector and we believe we can add considerable value in these areas. Luckily others also believe this and NLR has recently been commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government to build a sheep EID database for the Supply Chain Efficiency project, TAG.
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Each society had its own chairman, secretary, recorders, committee, fee raising structure and office, some counties had up to three societies. Central government involvement was not involved although some limited financial assistance was provided by the Ministry of Fisheries of Food (MAFF). The membership of the milk recording societies was small, some had only 25 herds; however, their members were enthusiastic and progressive.
NMR was formed in response to a report published in 1942 titled 'Proposals for extension and development of Milk Recording in England and Wales under the auspices of the Milk Marketing Board (MMB)'. The aims and objectives were to 'assist and encourage milk producers to record milk yields of cows in their herds in order that the management and performance of the dairy herds shall be improved for increased milk production in war time and thereafter'. The proposals stated that recording should be voluntary and membership should be open to all producers. It was felt to be important to retain the local empathy with producers and county committees replaced the local society committees between 1943 and 1947. On the formation of NMR some branches saw a three-fold increase in membership with NMR recording 25 per cent of all dairy cows from 16% of herds in England and Wales. 2.7 million samples were tested nationally at many sites including dairies.
20 years after being formed in 1963, NMR had increased the number of recorded herds to 17,409. During the next 10 years NMR continued to develop and increase its commercial awareness such that by the end of 1972 the MMB's financial support represented only 35% of NMR's costs with the farmers paying the majority of the cost. The work was carried out at seven laboratories and 11 offices throughout England and Wales. Infra red analysis had been introduced and 7.2 million samples were tested annually.
By 1983, NMR was operating with a field technician workforce of 2,288 and all milk samples they collected were tested for fat and protein - lactose analysis was an option until the following year. Financial support from MMB only represented 26% of NMR's costs. 1983 was the peak of NMR's output. In 1984 milk quotas were introduced and the number of cows being milk recorded by NMR dropped to 1,242,716 as the number of cows in the UK dropped. NMR worked hard to reduce its costs and restructured with financial support from MMB at 24%.
Genetic information started to become available and NMR introduced the Cow Production Index, the first 'mass index' for all recorded cattle, and financial value to statements.