Dairy farmers will be on the hunt this season for five golden straws hidden by CRV Ambreed inside artificial insemination (AI) units.
While children’s book character Willy Wonka provided some inspiration for the competition, the five farmers who strike gold will win $2000 each – not a lifetime supply of chocolate.
It has been announced this week at Fieldays that CRV Ambreed will insert five golden straws into five AI units – three in the North Island and two in the South Island as distribution of semen straws begins next month ahead of Spring mating.
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CRV Ambreed is looking for dairy farmers to join its industry-leading progeny test programme, which develops the next generation of elite dairy sires. Newly appointed progeny test (PT) programme manager, Janine Broekhuizen, says this is a chance for farmers to develop and enhance their herd by gaining early access to the next generation of top genetics.
“Currently we have 374 dairy farmers participating in our PT programme and each year we have around 200 contracted herds mating progeny test bulls. The elite bulls selected to participate ultimately ensure our indus…read more ›
Over the past five decades CRV Ambreed has worked with thousands of farmers to breed the type of cow they are proud to have in their herd, and that suit New Zealand’s unique farming systems.
CRV’s breeding programme manager, Aaron Parker, has been with the company for more than 20 years and says this year’s graduates and the 2019 bull team overall have surpassed the CRV’s expectations.
“Our selection process is extremely rigorous. Each year we usually choose the best 10 to 12 bulls from a pool of about 120 bulls that have come to the end of the four-year breedin…read more ›
DNA parentage testing has become more accessible to dairy farmers with the launch of CRV Ambreed’s revitalised DNA parentage testing service this month.
The Gene Mapping service uses progressive technology to identify the ancestry of individual stock.
DNA samples are collected by taking a small piece of tissue from the animal’s ear. Allflex tissue sampling ear tags are either applied to calves at birth, or as buttons on mature animals.
Tissue samples are then sent to CRV’s approved affiliated DNA genotyping laboratory, GenomNZ, where DNA is extracted for pare…read more ›
Dairy breeding expert in the Naki retires after 40 years
It would be easy to say no one is more passionate about breeding better dairy cows than Taranaki’s Ray Lawrence.
After more than forty years working with local dairy farmers to breed healthier and more efficient herds, it’s the start of a new era as Lawrence retires from his field consultant and artificial insemination (AI) technician roles at CRV Ambreed.
His long association with CRV Ambreed began in 1976 when he trained in AI and began using CRV Ambreed genetics in his own dairy herd. In 1983, Lawren…read more ›