Genetics

Latest bull graduates provide genetic solutions for a future proof herd

category Genetics

CRV Ambreed’s 2020 line up of bull graduates will provide New Zealand dairy farmers with genetic solutions to future proof their business.

CRV’s breeding programme manager Aaron Parker says while health and efficiency traits are still a key consideration, dairy farmers are looking at more than just production capability and cow temperament when it comes to herd improvement. “An increasing number of farmers are looking for genetic solutions to meet the current and future demands they face around the environment, herd efficiency and animal welfare.  “Looking at the la…

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As dairy farmers plan ahead and select bulls for mating, it is business as usual, with a difference.

category Genetics

Despite being in self-isolation, it’s a crucial time of year for our dairy farmers as they plan ahead and start selecting bulls for their Autumn or Spring mating programmes.

For CRV Ambreed this means it is business as usual, with a difference. The company is finding new ways to communicate and engage with its customers, while still providing them with the services they need to keep their farm business running.  CRV product development manager Oceania Peter van Elzakker says the company has put processes in place to ensure it is adhering to safe practice recommendat…

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DNA birth tagging and testing provides certainty for Southland farmers

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DNA birth tagging and testing all their replacement heifers is providing David and Joanna Diprose with certainty of parentage even when they’re not hands-on farm.

 

David and Joanna own a 305-hectare 800 cow farm in Ermedale and a 79-hectare 250 cow operation in Wyndham. One property is run by a manager and the other by a 24% sharemilker. The Diproses have used CRV Ambreed’s DNA parentage testing service for the last three years to determine the ancestry of their two crossbred herds. They have recently received results from DNA testing this season’s 310 repl…

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CRV urges farmers to be proactive about managing facial eczema

category Genetics, Innovation

As mating season draws to a close and the hot, humid weather sets in, CRV Ambreed is urging dairy farmers to be proactive about managing facial eczema (FE).

The call comes following an investment by The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) Sustainable Farming Fund to support the Facial Eczema Action Group – made up of veterinarians, dairy farmers and rural professionals – to explore ways of raising awareness of FE so that more farmers take preventative action.

According to a recent study led by Veterinary Enterprises Group (VetEnt) Research, facial eczema could…

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Genetic selection more than just growing herd productivity

category Genetics

Selecting the right genetics is no longer just about improving the economic output of your herd, according to CRV Ambreed sales and marketing manager Jon Lee.

“Dairy farming today requires an investment in genetics and data collection that will enable farmers to understand their options to farm sustainably for profit, the environment, and animal welfare.”

CRV’s investment in research and development is ongoing, with at least 20 per cent of its revenue each year dedicated to finding innovative genetic solutions for New Zealand farmers.

“We have led the way in i…

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