NEWS

New Zealand cows pee 1000 tonnes of Nitrogen a day into paddocks

category Genetics, Research
New Zealand’s 4.8 million milking cows excrete 1000 tonnes of nitrogen a day in their urine and 200 tonnes of that ultimately ends up leaching into groundwater. CRV Ambreed has determined the daily numbers using existing information related to milk urea concentration in daily bulk milk reports. The nitrogen numbers... read more ›

New Zealand Cows urinating too much Nitrogen

Every day farmers supplying Open Country Dairies, Fonterra, Synlait, Westland Milk Products and possibly other processors receive the Milk Urea concentration (MU) of their bulk milk sample which is also analysed for protein, fat and somatic cell content as the basis of their milk cheque. Across NZ the average MU... read more ›

Better Cows Tour hugely popular

A series of roadshows around New Zealand, held to talk to dairy farmers about breeding better herds, has been hugely successful, CRV Ambreed says. The company held the Better Cows Tour events from Dargaville to Winton across March and April and were met with huge turnouts from farmers keen to... read more ›

Southland stock agent values healthy, efficient cows

Stock agent Matt Brinsdon loves his job. He’s with Rural Livestock in Southland and has been working as a stock agent, based in Gore, for 12 years. “It’s a busy job year-round, and the work varies depending on the time of year,” says Brinsdon. It involves everything from photographing and... read more ›

Chasing the perfect cow: Cambridge farmers using genetics to improve their herd

Simon and Elle Clarke farm on 307 hectares at Hora Hora, near Cambridge, in the Waikato. The Clarkes are in their fourth season at the farm, where they milk 480 dairy cows including 100 autumn calvers, 100 calves and 100 heifers. They average about 190,000kg/MS off the 480 cows a... read more ›