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Mycoplasma Bovis – Biosecurity at CRV Ambreed

MANAGEMENT OF M.BOVIS AT CRV:
CRV Ambreed has a strong strategic focus on biosecurity, built up over many years, and as the second largest producer of AI semen in New Zealand we are confident our biosecurity protocols and procedures will effectively mitigate the known risks associated with the current M.Bovis outbreak.
In order to ensure our bulls and staff visiting farms maintain appropriate biosecurity standards, we have highlighted below key components that relate to the management of M.Bovis at CRV Ambreed.

International disease testing standards are followed:…

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Johan’s unusual job

Johan Fourie always gets a kick telling people he works in the “sex industry”, particularly unsuspecting townies. His official role is the production farm manager for CRV Ambreed at Bellevue Farm in the Waikato.

The 26-year-old South African is responsible for the semen harvesting, animal health care and well-being and general semen production of CRV’s bulls.

There are around 160-180 bulls on the farm at any one time, with a maximum capacity of 250. The farm is set up in different parts; the internal barns and paddocks make up the EU Facility and the outer parts …

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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 discuss the importance of genetics.

CRV Ambreed’s Sales and Marketing Manager Matt Macfie says he was impressed by the overall enthusiasm to using genetic gain to improve herd health, efficiency and to sustainability.

“We met with hundreds of farmers right around the coun…

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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 year.
It’s a beautiful place to live and work, located near Lake Karapiro, in the shadow of Mt Maungatautari.
The four Clarke children – Toby, 11; Hayley, 9; Harrison, 5; and Blake, 3 – love the farm lifestyle.
As well as growing their family, the Clarkes are dedicated to growing their h…

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Great opportunities come from entering Dairy Business of the Year awards

Farmers are being encouraged to enter the 2018 Dairy Business of the Year (DBOY) competition, with entries closing on the 31st March.

The entry process is straight forward and can be completed online.

 

There are three main reasons to enter according to previous winners Anne-Marie and Duncan Wells. Firstly, entering is good in the way it makes you look at your business, understanding what you’ve done and where you’ve spent your money. Secondly, and of most benefit, was the report giving you in-depth analysis so you can see what you’re doing well and where…

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