Golden Bay farmer Phil Smith has been dairy farming for 19 years and has always dreaded herd testing.
“I would wake up in the morning and genuinely think about calling our provider to cancel it,” says Phil.
That was until he switched to CRV Ambreed this season and discovered that the herd testing process can be completely painless.
“It didn’t even feel like a herd test,” says Phil. “The CRV technician and I were laughing in the shed. It was like having a mate working with me.”
Phil and his wife Savannah are in their first-year sharemilking.
“We are alway…read more ›
Five lucky farmers have struck gold this mating season, each winning $2000 after finding a special straw in their artificial insemination (AI) bank.
CRV Ambreed inserted five golden straws into five AI banks – three in the North Island and two in the South Island – as distribution of semen straws started ahead of spring mating. The promotion was part of golden anniversary celebrations, recognising the company’s 50th year of proven performance.
All the straws have now all been found and the winning farmers are making plans to celebrate or use t…read more ›
As part of CRV Ambreed’s celebration of 50 years of proven performance in New Zealand, we asked local farmers and breeders with a long-term association with CRV to share their stories. Neville Rule – our former colleague who is still dairy farming today – talks about his history and memories working with CRV Ambreed, in his own words.
“I trained as DIY technician in 1972 as a young 21-year-old 50/50 sharemilker based near Cambridge. Two years later, I purchased a small Northland dairy farm.
In 1975, I joined the Ambreed team in as a sales rep, then later worked …read more ›
Campbell and Susan have been farming for about 24 years and have been loyal customers of CRV Ambreed over that time.
When they were originally looking for a herd to purchase, Campbell says it was easy to see which ones were ‘Ambreed’ by type and conformation.
In the end, it was Don Shaw that convinced them to use Ambreed genetics – he was their neighbour and local Ambreed rep at the time. They’ve consistently used CRV Ambreed genetics ever since.
“Don would tell us what bulls best suited our goals and 90% of the time we would go with his recommendation,” Camp…read more ›
In 1995 Andrew and Maree Palmer saw the value of being part of CRV Ambreed’s progeny testing programme so jumped on board and haven’t looked back.
Andrew and Maree have had a hand in developing many generations of daughter proven sires.
Today, they’re still part of the herd improvement company’s progeny testing programme and reckon they’re doing their bit to strengthen the value of the national dairy herd.
The progeny testing programme, involves a group of farmers using the genetics of young genomically selected sires for their matings. CRV Ambreed then close…read more ›