Genetics

Better Cows Tour hugely popular

A series of roadshows around New Zealand, held to talk to dairy farmers about breeding better herds, has been hugely successful, CRV Ambreed says.

The company held the Better Cows Tour events from Dargaville to Winton across March and April and were met with huge turnouts from farmers keen to discuss the importance of genetics.

CRV Ambreed’s Sales and Marketing Manager Matt Macfie says he was impressed by the overall enthusiasm to using genetic gain to improve herd health, efficiency and to sustainability.

“We met with hundreds of farmers right around the coun…

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Southland stock agent values healthy, efficient cows

Stock agent Matt Brinsdon loves his job. He’s with Rural Livestock in Southland and has been working as a stock agent, based in Gore, for 12 years.

“It’s a busy job year-round, and the work varies depending on the time of year,” says Brinsdon. It involves everything from photographing and marketing calves and cows, to showing and selling stock to clients and sorting contracts. The period leading into May and June is always particularly busy, as cows and heifers change hands and are delivered to new owners.”

Brinsdon enjoys talking with farmers around the eastern …

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Chasing the perfect cow: Cambridge farmers using genetics to improve their herd

Simon and Elle Clarke farm on 307 hectares at Hora Hora, near Cambridge, in the Waikato.
The Clarkes are in their fourth season at the farm, where they milk 480 dairy cows including 100 autumn calvers, 100 calves and 100 heifers. They average about 190,000kg/MS off the 480 cows a year.
It’s a beautiful place to live and work, located near Lake Karapiro, in the shadow of Mt Maungatautari.
The four Clarke children – Toby, 11; Hayley, 9; Harrison, 5; and Blake, 3 – love the farm lifestyle.
As well as growing their family, the Clarkes are dedicated to growing their h…

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CRV Ambreed introduces forward-looking index to help farmers breed healthy and efficient cows

Breeding company CRV Ambreed is now providing dairy farmers with a holistic approach to building their herds through a new style of index for sire selection.

 

The company is responding to the changing needs of New Zealand’s dairy industry.

 

The Better Life Health Index and Better Life Efficiency Index rank bulls so farmers can easily and quickly choose those sires that will produce the most healthy and efficient herds for them.

 

The health and efficiency index is being discussed with farmers at nationwide roadshows in March and April and will featu…

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Bulk Milk Urea information hugely important for nitrogen monitoring

Every day most New Zealand dairy farmers’ bulk milk test report informs them of the Milk Urea concentration (MU) in their bulk milk sample.

But are those farmers, and indeed other industry groups, making the most of this potentially vital piece of information? This article addresses how MU may be used more effectively by both farmers and farm monitoring services.

MU values are provided to farmers supplying Fonterra, Open Country Dairy, Synlait and Westland Milk Products. The values are measured in the daily bulk sample by the milk testing laboratory along with % …

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