Genetics

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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Milk Urea readings could be the answer for determining nitrogen output

CRV Ambreed says Milk Urea readings, supplied daily to most New Zealand dairy farmers, could provide a clear picture of exactly how much nitrogen herds are excreting each day in urine.

The herd improvement company was in the news in 2017 with the announcement about its team of LowN Sires bulls that are genetically superior in their ability to reduce concentration of Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN) in their daughters.

MUN is the amount of nitrogen contained in Milk Urea and there’s a direct connection between MUN and the amount of nitrogen excreted in urine – cows with l…

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Genetics helps Taranaki farmers with facial eczema (FE) in cows

category Genetics

Facial eczema (FE) is a challenge for many New Zealand farmers. Affected cattle can suffer with skin irritation and peeling, internal damage to the liver and other organs, and it sometimes results in death. FE also leads to a drop in milk production.

For farmers in regions prone to FE, it can be extremely frustrating – but genetics can offer a long-term solution, as one Taranaki farmer found out.

“We are highly prone to facial eczema here in North Taranaki,” says farmer Gary Phillips, who, together with wife Melynda, runs an organic dairy farm at Urenui, in North…

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It’s All In The Herd – Summer 2018

Catch up with the CRV Ambreed latest news, in our summer newsletter. It’s all in the herd newsletter

Highlighting how CRV Ambreed offers breeding solutions for healthy and efficient herds, topics include breeding for Environmental Sustainability with LowN Sires, opportunity to become part of our sire proving programme, breeding for health with increased Facial Eczema tolerant sires.

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LowN Sires recognised by government with research funding

CRV Ambreed’s genetic discovery that led to the launch of LowN Sires this year around reducing nitrogen leaching, has been the cornerstone of a successful bid to receive government research funding announced by Research Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods.

Dr Woods made the announcement about the 2017 Partnerships Scheme Investment Round on 30 November.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment fund will invest $8.4 million towards the seven-year research project. The project will be led by DairyNZ and co-funders CRV Ambreed and Fonterra, and…

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