Breeding Values

Dairy farmers encouraged to breed mastitis out of their herds

CRV is encouraging dairy farmers to carefully consider the bulls they select for mating this season to help them address ongoing herd health issues like mastitis and reduce the need for antibiotics.

Udder health was the topic of conversation for CRV’s recent podcast featuring DairyNZ Senior Scientist Dr Jane Lacy-Hulbert and CRV Breeding Programme Manager Aaron Parker.

Jane says mastitis is a costly condition for farmers to manage and its treatment often means using antibiotics.

“Farmers are coming under increasing pressure to reduce antibiotic use on farm, to…

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Improved animal evaluation enables better dairy breeding decisions

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More accurate genetic evaluations, drawing on ten years of New Zealand and international research, will be available to dairy farmers from February.

New Zealand Animal Evaluation Limited (NZAEL) Manager Dr Brian Wickham says dairy farmers are set to benefit from an enhanced genetic evaluations system that underpins the national breeding objective and evaluations farmers use to make breeding decisions.

“It will enable farmers to breed cows that are more efficient at converting feed into…

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