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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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Milk Urea readings could be the answer for determining nitrogen output

CRV Ambreed says Milk Urea readings, supplied daily to most New Zealand dairy farmers, could provide a clear picture of exactly how much nitrogen herds are excreting each day in urine.

The herd improvement company was in the news in 2017 with the announcement about its team of LowN Sires bulls that are genetically superior in their ability to reduce concentration of Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN) in their daughters.

MUN is the amount of nitrogen contained in Milk Urea and there’s a direct connection between MUN and the amount of nitrogen excreted in urine – cows with l…

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It’s All In The Herd – Summer 2018

Catch up with the CRV Ambreed latest news, in our summer newsletter. It’s all in the herd newsletter

Highlighting how CRV Ambreed offers breeding solutions for healthy and efficient herds, topics include breeding for Environmental Sustainability with LowN Sires, opportunity to become part of our sire proving programme, breeding for health with increased Facial Eczema tolerant sires.

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