Genetics

Speckle Park cattle offer more than just paddock cuteness

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Speckle Park is a fast-growing breed that is helping dairy farmers meet demand for a high-quality dairy beef cross product.

One of the key attractions of the breed for dairy farmers is the suitability of Speckle Park for use across all breeds, with the colour mark holding well with Friesian, Ayeshire, Jersey and cross breeds. The colour marking makes the animals easy to identify and reduces the chance of them ending up on the dairy platform.  The breed is also naturally polled, which is another popular trait.

The Speckle Park offers dairy farmers an attractive so…

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Dairy farmers can create real value from dairy beef cross progeny and in turn pass that value on down the supply chain

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Focus Genetics is an important partner for CRV’s dairy beef sire offering.  Established in 2012, Focus Genetics is NZ’s largest independent red meat genetics company. It has NZ’s largest DNA recorded gene pool with over 700k DNA-recorded animals including sheep, cattle and deer.

Focus Genetics focusses on breeding sustainable cattle herds by targeting traits that drive farm profitability, while remaining conscious of its environmental footprint. The company’s cattle programme manager Duncan Elliott says gestation length and ability to influence days in milk are prio…

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The four main traits Bluestone focuses on for a balanced Hereford bull

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CRV partners with Bluestone Herefords in South Canterbury, which has been supplying Hereford genetics to CRV since 2014.

Stud owner Yvonne Lee says Bluestone focuses on producing a balanced Hereford bull with four main traits; low birth weight, short gestation, ease of calving and homozygous polled (hornless).

“Lower birth weight is important because we know that lighter progeny means less risk of a difficult calving. It’s fundamental to have a live calf on the ground with no calving issues for the mother. It gives farmers peace of mind and keeps costs to a minim…

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Belgian Blue is increasing in popularity in New Zealand as a dairy beef sire.

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CRV offers sires from the Belgian Blue Group (BBG). BBG is the world leader in Belgian Blue semen. CRV has selected a sire called ‘Elk 41’ from the BBG specifically for his short gestation length and calving ease qualities. This Belgian Blue also provides easily identifiable colour markings, together with exceptional growth/muscle development through the breed’s double muscling gene and fineness of bones, ultimately resulting in greater carcass yields.

BBG export manager Simon Noppen says the size of the Belgian Blues comes from the breed’s double muscle gene, which…

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Ben and Melissa Lilley - CRV Progeny Test Clients

First in the queue for industry stars

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Imagine having first use of a potential industry superstar, years before the rest of the country.

That’s part of the appeal of CRV Ambreed’s Progeny Test programme.

By joining the 30-year-old programme, farmers can jump the queue and get genetic gain earlier and take advantage of world-class genomic selection at a fantastic price.

CRV Ambreed is calling for Canterbury farmers to join the programme, which has produced generations of daughter-proven sires from elite Jersey, Holstein Friesian and Crossbred bull calves.

All of the young bulls are selected for t…

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