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Canterbury dairy farmer John Tanner has been working hard to improve sustainability on his Leeston farm, Dunlac Dairies Ltd.
The farm is located in the Selwyn Waihora catchment and is just 20 kilometres from Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora), which is considered one of New Zealand’s most important wetland areas. On either side of the catchment are the Rakaia River and the Selwyn River.
“In Canterbury we have to lessen our nitrogen footprint on the farm,” says Tanner, who milks 730 dairy cows during the peak of the season on 260 hectares. “In our catchment, we farm on e…read more ›
CRV Ambreed has been meeting with its technicians responsible for Artificial Insemination (AI) ahead of a busy season.
Technicians met recently in Te Awamutu to ensure a smooth-running season for farmers using the CRV Ambreed AI technician service. CRV Ambreed has a team of about 200 AI technicians who service farms across New Zealand. In an average season, they’ll inseminate about 500,000 straws.
The company’s AI Services Manager Cara O’Connor says new staff have been brought on board for what is expected to be a busy AI season. “We’ve recrui…read more ›
Mycoplasma Bovis is a micro-organism of cattle. It has recently been found in NZ for the first time in a dairy herd in South Canterbury. The disease does not affect humans.
There is currently a major MPI response to contain and eradicate the disease on farms affected. This is MPI’s current goal but may change as more information becomes known and the situation evolves. CRV Ambreed are receiving daily updates from MPI on the latest outcomes of the on-farm investigations and management of the disease.
Testing for the disease has its challenges and as this is a new di…read more ›
CRV Ambreed’s genetic research into reducing nitrogen leaching on New Zealand dairy farms has identified that when cows are bred for low milk urea concentration, a proportion of the nitrogen diverted away from the cow’s urea goes into milk protein.
This finding gives CRV Ambreed further confidence that breeding cows for low milk urea concentration will not only reduce the amount of nitrogen excreted in their urine, but will also increase the efficiency with which dietary nitrogen is used for milk protein production.
The search to understand precisely how animals …read more ›