As part of CRV Ambreed’s celebration of 50 years of proven performance in New Zealand, we asked local farmers and breeders with a long-term association with CRV to share their stories. Neville Rule – our former colleague who is still dairy farming today – talks about his history and memories working with CRV Ambreed, in his own words.
“I trained as DIY technician in 1972 as a young 21-year-old 50/50 sharemilker based near Cambridge. Two years later, I purchased a small Northland dairy farm.
In 1975, I joined the Ambreed team in as a sales rep, then later worked …read more ›
Campbell and Susan have been farming for about 24 years and have been loyal customers of CRV Ambreed over that time.
When they were originally looking for a herd to purchase, Campbell says it was easy to see which ones were ‘Ambreed’ by type and conformation.
In the end, it was Don Shaw that convinced them to use Ambreed genetics – he was their neighbour and local Ambreed rep at the time. They’ve consistently used CRV Ambreed genetics ever since.
“Don would tell us what bulls best suited our goals and 90% of the time we would go with his recommendation,” Camp…read more ›
Dairy farmers will be on the hunt this season for five golden straws hidden by CRV Ambreed inside artificial insemination (AI) units.
While children’s book character Willy Wonka provided some inspiration for the competition, the five farmers who strike gold will win $2000 each – not a lifetime supply of chocolate.
It has been announced this week at Fieldays that CRV Ambreed will insert five golden straws into five AI units – three in the North Island and two in the South Island as distribution of semen straws begins next month ahead of Spring mating.
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Over the past five decades CRV Ambreed has worked with thousands of farmers to breed the type of cow they are proud to have in their herd, and that suit New Zealand’s unique farming systems.
CRV’s breeding programme manager, Aaron Parker, has been with the company for more than 20 years and says this year’s graduates and the 2019 bull team overall have surpassed the CRV’s expectations.
“Our selection process is extremely rigorous. Each year we usually choose the best 10 to 12 bulls from a pool of about 120 bulls that have come to the end of the four-year breedin…read more ›
Over the past 50 years CRV Ambreed staff have had the pleasure of seeing generation after generation take over the family business and continue breeding the best cows for the livelihood of their families. We interviewed Don Shaw, third generation farm owner and former staff member of CRV Ambreed, who now shares his passion and knowledge of breeding the ‘CRV Ambreed’ way with his granddaughter.
Don Shaw has milked a few Jerseys in his lifetime. He’s brought a few cows into the world too.
Raised on the Anchor Jerseys stud in Ohaupo, Don (80) is a third generatio…read more ›