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Opportunity for farmers to join our progeny test programme

CRV Ambreed is looking for dairy farmers to join its industry-leading progeny test programme, which develops the next generation of elite dairy sires. Newly appointed progeny test (PT) programme manager, Janine Broekhuizen, says this is a chance for farmers to develop and enhance their herd by gaining early access to the next generation of top genetics.

“Currently we have 374 dairy farmers participating in our PT programme and each year we have around 200 contracted herds mating progeny test bulls.  The elite bulls selected to participate ultimately ensure our indus…

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CRV announces its best bull team yet

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…

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New DNA Testing Service Supports Herd Management

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DNA parentage testing has become more accessible to dairy farmers with the launch of CRV Ambreed’s revitalised DNA parentage testing service this month.

The Gene Mapping service uses progressive technology to identify the ancestry of individual stock.

DNA samples are collected by taking a small piece of tissue from the animal’s ear.  Allflex tissue sampling ear tags are either applied to calves at birth, or as buttons on mature animals.

Tissue samples are then sent to CRV’s approved affiliated DNA genotyping laboratory, GenomNZ, where DNA is extracted for pare…

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New tags introduced to identify true Angus dairy cross cattle

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New ear tags for dairy stock will sort out what’s genuine Angus dairy cross cattle and what’s not. The new ‘Angus X Dairy’ tag, launched in partnership between Angus New Zealand, CRV Ambreed and Allflex, allows farmers to tag and identify dairy calves which are 50% Angus, having been sired by a registered Angus or Performance Recorded Angus Cattle (PRAC) bull.

Angus breed representative Guy Sargent says the ultimate goal of the new tag is to make sure dairy farmers receive the premiums they deserve for higher value offspring.  It also gives the buyer of a calf certa…

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40 years later, Ray Lawrence retires from his key role in Taranaki

Dairy breeding expert in the Naki retires after 40 years

It would be easy to say no one is more passionate about breeding better dairy cows than Taranaki’s Ray Lawrence.

After more than forty years working with local dairy farmers to breed healthier and more efficient herds, it’s the start of a new era as Lawrence retires from his field consultant and artificial insemination (AI) technician roles at CRV Ambreed.

His long association with CRV Ambreed began in 1976 when he trained in AI and began using CRV Ambreed genetics in his own dairy herd.  In 1983, Lawren…

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