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Dutch farmers see jump in lifetime production records

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The average lifetime production realised by cows in The Netherlands has increased by almost 2500 kg of milk and 200 kg of fat and protein to 34,000 kg of milk.

The lifetime production of Dutch dairy cows has never been so high as seen in the 2019-2020 financial year.

This has been revealed by the annual milk recording statistics released by CRV cooperative. A combination of a longer productive life (+75 days) and higher milk production (+0.2 kg of milk per day) is behind this increase in lifetime production.

Rolling annual average increases

In this financia…

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Signs dairy cows are on heat

Heat Detection Strategy

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Sourced from DairyNZ.
InCalf research shows it is likely that heat detection errors are limiting reproductive performance in around one-quarter of seasonal calving herds.

Two mistakes that are commonly made by many farmers when detecting heat are missing heats and inventing heats.

It sounds unusual to invent heats, but it’s easy enough to record the wrong cow ID or mistake when a cow is on heat.

As most farms will only carry out heat detection once a year, and there’s often new team members on board, it is worth revisiting your heat detection strategy…

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Signs dairy cows are on heat

Understanding the importance of Heat Detection

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Understanding the importance of Heat Detection
 

Pregnancy drives economics for dairy farmers, so having a heat detection plan is critical. As a specialist in reproductive efficiency, Dr Ky Pohler, Assistant Professor Texas A&M University is interested in helping farmers increase fertility by decreasing pregnancy loss.

The research has shown that in dairy cattle, following initial conception (on average 80%), up to 30% of the pregnancies are lost in the early embryonic period (P1) (first pregnancy exam). There is then a further 12% loss as late embryoni…

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CRV launches myHERD

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CRV InSight recording Dairy farmers can now manage all their herd records and data from multiple farming operations using just one tool, thanks to CRV Ambreed’s myHERD launched on the 19th June 2020.

myHERD is the result of CRV’s partnership with leading farm software provider, FarmIQ, to develop the new herd recording and farm management application, which replaces CRV Insight.

CRV Ambreed Information and IT Manager Andrew Singers says myHERD has been developed in New Zealand for Kiwi farmers.

“The development of myHERD reflects CRV’s desire to offer farmers …

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Regional Field Days visitors get a taste of myHERD

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Farmers at this year’s Southern and Northland regional field days have the opportunity to learn more about CRV Ambreed’s new herd recording and management tool, myHERD.

From June this year farmers will be able to subscribe to myHERD. CRV Ambreed Information and IT Manager Andrew Singers says the new tool will provide farmers with a highly functional genetics platform that gives them an integrated option in the market.

“myHERD will give farmers a choice when it comes to herd recording and management. Most importantly, myHERD assures the accuracy, security and owne…

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