Genetics

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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Genetic selection more than just growing herd productivity

Selecting the right genetics is no longer just about improving the economic output of your herd, according to CRV Ambreed sales and marketing manager Jon Lee.

“Dairy farming today requires an investment in genetics and data collection that will enable farmers to understand their options to farm sustainably for profit, the environment, and animal welfare.”

CRV’s investment in research and development is ongoing, with at least 20 per cent of its revenue each year dedicated to finding innovative genetic solutions for New Zealand farmers.

“We have led the way in i…

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The hunt’s on for the country’s best bull calves

category Genetics

CRV Ambreed is on the hunt for New Zealand’s very best bull calves that will produce the next generation of high performing dairy cows.

 

With calving now underway, CRV Ambreed’s Breeding Manager Aaron Parker says it’s time for farmers to get in touch with CRV Ambreed if they have a top-notch bull calf hit the paddock.

 

“Year-on-year we’re carefully building a portfolio of genetics to suit a broad range of environments, conditions and farming systems to ensure New Zealand’s dairy industry is successful well into the future,” Parker says.

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