Genetics

As dairy farmers plan ahead and select bulls for mating, it is business as usual, with a difference.

category COVID-19, Genetics

Despite being in self-isolation, it’s a crucial time of year for our dairy farmers as they plan ahead and start selecting bulls for their Autumn or Spring mating programmes.

For CRV Ambreed this means it is business as usual, with a difference. The company is finding new ways to communicate and engage with its customers, while still providing them with the services they need to keep their farm business running.  CRV product development manager Oceania Peter van Elzakker says the company has put processes in place to ensure it is adhering to safe practice recommendat…

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DNA birth tagging and testing provides certainty for Southland farmers

category Genetics, Services

DNA birth tagging and testing all their replacement heifers is providing David and Joanna Diprose with certainty of parentage even when they’re not hands-on farm.

 

David and Joanna own a 305-hectare 800 cow farm in Ermedale and a 79-hectare 250 cow operation in Wyndham. One property is run by a manager and the other by a 24% sharemilker. The Diproses have used CRV Ambreed’s DNA parentage testing service for the last three years to determine the ancestry of their two crossbred herds. They have recently received results from DNA testing this season’s 310 repl…

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CRV urges farmers to be proactive about managing facial eczema

As mating season draws to a close and the hot, humid weather sets in, CRV Ambreed is urging dairy farmers to be proactive about managing facial eczema (FE).

The call comes following an investment by The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) Sustainable Farming Fund to support the Facial Eczema Action Group – made up of veterinarians, dairy farmers and rural professionals – to explore ways of raising awareness of FE so that more farmers take preventative action.

According to a recent study led by Veterinary Enterprises Group (VetEnt) Research, facial eczema could…

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New dehorning rules put animal welfare and human safety first

category Genetics, Other

CRV Ambreed says the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) new rules for cattle dehorning recognise the importance of putting animal welfare and human safety first.

The new rules announced this week, are effective from 1 October 2019 and require people working with cattle to use local anaesthetic when dehorning and disbudding.

 

“Dairy farmers love their cows and it makes sense for them to look after one of their greatest assets,” says CRV national sales and marketing manager Jon Lee.

 

“The majority of dairy farmers have sound animal welfare …

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Next generation of environmentally friendly calves born

category Genetics, Low N Sires

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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