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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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More dairy farmers breeding to reduce environmental footprint

Dairy farmers are uping their game and doing more to improve their environmental footprint through their breeding programme.

CRV Ambreed’s Product Manager Peter van Elzakker says more farmers have been asking about CRV Ambreed’s LowN sires this year with the goal to start breeding for lower Milk Urea Nitrogen concentration (MUN).

Cows bred for lower levels of MUN are expected to excrete less nitrogen in their urine, which then reduces the amount of nitrogen leached when cows are grazed on pasture.

This year over a quarter of all CRV Ambreed’s orders are for bu…

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Well-known local dairy breeding expert retires

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At 70-odd years young, Neil Gamble says his field consultant role with CRV Ambreed is the only real job he’s ever had.

He has loved his job, especially 20 years of helping local dairy farmers increase the value of their herds, now retirement has come and he’s imparting his breeding expertise as a CRV rep for the last time.

Neil left school at 15 and went straight into contracting on-farm.  By 1967 he was leasing a small family dairy farm, adding two more neighbouring farms to the unit over the years, and contracting to a local tractor company during some downtime…

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Peninsula Farm is paradise

At the back of Raglan harbour on the West Coast peninsula lies one of the country’s most influential farming operations.

The aptly named “Peninsula Farm” is where herd improvement company CRV Ambreed grazes its young Friesian, jersey and crossbred bulls that wait to find out if they’re the dairy industry’s next megastars.

Each year around 150 bull calves are carefully selected for CRV Ambreed’s Progeny Test programme and are shipped from farms across the country to CRV Ambreed’s Bellevue production and logistics centre.

At around 12 months of age, their se…

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Understand the A2/A2 status of your herd


CRV Ambreed and Analytica has the ability to analyse individual cows Herd Test milk samples for beta-casein types. This test provides a percentage indicator as to how much A1 and A2 type beta-casein. A bulk milk sample beta-casein test is also available. The alternative is to use DNA from tissue samples.

Analytica was an obvious partner of choice for CRV Ambreed, as its labs currently undertake all the finished goods testing for The A2 Milk Company and the company has developed the IP around the Bovine Beta Casein Protein Testing from milk and finished mil…

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