In late 1994, two representatives of the American Dairy Goat Association requested the GIGR to establish a Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHI) laboratory specifically for goats. In August of 1995, the DHI Laboratory for Goats was certified by the National DHI. The laboratory analyzes goat milk samples from herds in 19 states, with 74 herds currently enrolled in the monthly DHI program. Producers use these data for herd management and genetic evaluation. In addition, the equipment has been used for analysis of research milk samples for the GIGR and for a research project conducted jointly with two commercial goat cheese plants.
New DHI Laboratory telephone number: 405-466-6207
Take a tour of the DHI Lab.