Genetics

Peninsula Farm is paradise

At the back of Raglan harbour on the West Coast peninsula lies one of the country’s most influential farming operations.

The aptly named “Peninsula Farm” is where herd improvement company CRV Ambreed grazes its young Friesian, jersey and crossbred bulls that wait to find out if they’re the dairy industry’s next megastars.

Each year around 150 bull calves are carefully selected for CRV Ambreed’s Progeny Test programme and are shipped from farms across the country to CRV Ambreed’s Bellevue production and logistics centre.

At around 12 months of age, their se…

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Mycoplasma Bovis – Biosecurity at CRV Ambreed

MANAGEMENT OF M.BOVIS AT CRV:
CRV Ambreed has a strong strategic focus on biosecurity, built up over many years, and as the second largest producer of AI semen in New Zealand we are confident our biosecurity protocols and procedures will effectively mitigate the known risks associated with the current M.Bovis outbreak.
In order to ensure our bulls and staff visiting farms maintain appropriate biosecurity standards, we have highlighted below key components that relate to the management of M.Bovis at CRV Ambreed.

International disease testing standards are followed:…

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Environmentally friendly bulls welcomed

Four new ‘environmentally friendly’ bulls have been included as part of CRV Ambreed’s latest team of proven sires.

New graduates Ambzed Powells CORTEX S2F, Tralee Shadow DART-ET S2F, Glen Leith Degree OMNIBUS, and Calrenah And WATCHMAN ET are four of 28 bulls in the CRV Ambreed LowN Sires team for 2018.

“In March last year, we announced our plans to market bulls that are genetically superior for a new trait that is related to the amount of urea nitrogen in milk,” says Product Manager Oceania Peter van Elzakker.

He says the LowN Sires bull team was popular when…

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Dairy’s gold medal genetic performers take the stage

category Genetics, Products

Eighteen new graduate bulls have been awarded gold medal status as part of CRV Ambreed’s latest team of proven sires.

The bulls and their breeders have been through a rigorous, four-year selection process, which identifies those sires with the highest genetic merit.

CRV Ambreed’s proven sires feature in the herd improvement company’s annual catalogue, which thousands of dairy farmers peruse each year to select the right genetics to meet their herd improvement goals.

Product Manager Oceania Peter van Elzakker says dairy farmers want milking herds that are healt…

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Breeding to reduce the amount of Nitrogen hitting paddocks

New Zealand’s 4.8 million milking cows excrete 1000 tonnes of nitrogen a day in their urine and 200 tonnes of that ultimately ends up leaching into groundwater.

CRV Ambreed has determined the daily numbers using existing information related to milk urea concentration in daily bulk milk reports. The nitrogen numbers are large and the herd improvement company says it’s important to see them reduced.

CRV Ambreed’s head of R&D Phil Beatson says CRV Ambreed is encouraging conversations about how New Zealand dairy farmers could make use of the Milk Urea concentrati…

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