CRV sires dominate the Jersey scene

category Genetics

CRV Ambreed has a long history in leading the rapid progression of the Jersey breed producing bigger, stronger, more productive Jersey cows that have the conformation to last.

The unprecedented success of CRV Ambreed’s Jersey bulls are the foundation of New Zealand’s leading sires today.

This year four elite Jersey bulls graduated that complement an already superb team siring easy-to-manage and efficient cows with durability and superior reproductive performance.

CRV Ambreed breeding team manager Aaron Parker says a competitive Jersey cow needs to produce high levels of fat and protein, supported by desirable body and udder traits to ensure multiple lactations are realised.

Bull selection includes protein and fat BVs, a general robustness from capacity and body condition score BVs, udder quality and teat placement BVs, management traits including farmer opinion, fertility and somatic cells.

“Our breeding programme focuses on strong individual components and the traits that will suit different environments, farming systems and dairy farmers’ individual breeding goals,” Parker says.

“Years ago CRV Ambreed and Jersey NZ were asked for more competitive, robust, open framed Jersey cattle with better udders to carry the extra production and we’re delivering on our promise.”

Roma Murmur KINGPIN S3J and Ashvale OLM HIGHLITE ET are a testament to this collaboration. Kingpin is in hot demand with both Jersey and Crossbred farmers for efficiency and production, producing well-mannered, robust daughters with plenty of milk and low somatic cell.

Kingpin Dtr Roma Kingpin Opel, Roma Farm Company Ltd, Morrinsville

Photo: Roma Murmur KINGPIN S3J daughter rom Roma Farming Company Ltd in Morrinsville

Highlite is a standout sire for efficiency, production and longevity, offering super low somatic cells and exceptional body condition score, with impressive capacity and udder overall.

Ingot Dtr #72 W & S Pepper Ltd, Hikurangi

Photo: Ashvale OLM HIGHLITE ET daughter from Ridgetop Farms Ltd in Inglewood

Parker says there is a temptation in the industry to chase purely index, but farmers need to watch out for false economy.

“A lower production bull could generate over half of his BW points from his small size alone.  In the end, its production that pays the bills and life is so much easier when you’re working with a cow you love to milk,” he adds.

Moving forward, CRV Ambreed will be leveraging global technology, resources and capabilities to continue to advance the Jersey breed.

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