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Genetics will help meet climate change targets without sacrificing milk production

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CRV managing director James Smallwood says genetics will play a key role in helping dairy farmers meet climate change targets at a herd level, while maintaining the highest quality milk production.

His comments come following the release of the Climate Change Commission’s final report this week, which sets out a plan for New Zealand to reduce its emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050.

“Genetics has been identified as a means of building a long-term solution to climate change,” says Smallwood. “As an industry, if cow numbers are reduced farmers will need to …

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Bull burps could hold answer to breed climate friendly cows

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The opportunity to breed more climate friendly cows is one step closer for New Zealand dairy farmers after a Waikato trial finds a possible link between a bulls’ genetics and the amount of methane they produce.

The pilot trial, by artificial breeding companies LIC and CRV with funding from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, measured feed intake and methane emissions – in the form of burps – from 20 young bulls destined to father the next generation of New Zealand’s dairy cows.

LIC Chief Scientist Richard Spelman says results from the pil…

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Pilot trial seeking to identify possibility of breeding lower-methane emitting cows gets underway

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A pilot trial seeking to identify a possible link between the methane cows produce and their genetics has got underway in the Waikato.
The trial involving dairy breeding bulls is believed to be a world-first and is being run by Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and CRV which together sire 90% of the New Zealand dairy herd through their artificial breeding bulls. The project has received funding from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGGRC).
Stage one of the trial involves measuring the amount of methane that a small number of bulls …

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Patient converters set for low N future

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The Jarmans have been adaptable farmers for more than 150 years – and they’re still innovating.

Paul and Ann Jarman run Essendon, a 400ha dairy farm at Greendale, central Canterbury.

Supplying Westland Milk Products, Essendon is milking 860 cross-bred cows and includes a fully self-contained block for wintering and growing out young stock. About two thirds of the 400ha is milking platform.

The Jarmans are connected to Stage 2 of the Central Plains Water (CPW), a high-pressure, piped irrigation scheme covering much of central Canterbury.

Sustainability and m…

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Next generation of environmentally friendly calves born

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The next generation of environmentally friendly calves has been born around the country as Kiwi dairy farmers continue their efforts to reduce their nitrogen output.

Hundreds of thousands of calves have been bred from CRV Ambreed’s LowN™ Sires since the company launched the product in 2016. For the 2018 season, over a quarter of all CRV’s orders were for from LowN™ sires.

With the latest LowN™ progeny now being reared, hundreds of farmers are well on their way to building a herd of cows that excretes less nitrogen (N) in their urine.

CRV has identified and pro…

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