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myHERD launch gives dairy farmers choice of herd recording providers

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For the first time, dairy farmers have a choice of herd recording providers as CRV officially launches myHERD at Fieldays®.

Today marks 12 months since myHERD went live, but to date has only been available to CRV farmer customers. It is now available to all dairy farmers.

CRV Information & IT Manager Andrew Singers says access to quality data is crucial for making smart herd management and breeding decisions.

“Farmers can use the data captured on farm from herd testing, DNA testing and herd recording to identify the elite animals that possess traits we wan…

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Proud to partner in environmental awards

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CRV Managing Director James Smallwood was honoured to be part of the National Sustainability Showcase at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday evening – this time as an industry partner, not an entrant!

The event is part of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards and is run by the New Zealand Environment Trust (NZET), of which CRV is proud to be a strategic partner. It is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate good farm practices that promote sustainable land management.

As a past entrant in the Awards, James understands what is involved and was impressed by presenta…

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Cow performance driving sire selection

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South Island Field Days runs this week. CRV has noticed South Island dairy farmers’ attitudes towards breeding are rapidly changing, with cow performance data driving sire selection in an effort to maximise the value of herd progeny.

CRV South Island Sales Manager Perry Davis says it’s no longer a case of one size fits all, with trends showing more farmers demanding sexed semen and genetic solutions to help minimise the environmental footprint of their herd.

“In the past, many farmers ordered semen based what they did the previous year,” he says. “Now, we are hav…

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CRV remains connected to Kiwi farmers

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CRV Ambreed will become CRV as the company brings together all its global business units under one brand name.

Ambreed was sold to Dutch global artificial insemination leader CRV Delta in 2003 and became CRV Ambreed. This has given New Zealand farmers access to a herd improvement company with a local breeding programme, combined with global expertise and the ability to invest in innovation.

New Zealand has a close connection with CRV’s head office in The Netherlands. Angus Haslett was managing director of CRV Ambreed for 10 years, and is now CEO of CRV based in t…

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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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