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Mycoplasma Bovis – Biosecurity at CRV Ambreed

MANAGEMENT OF M.BOVIS AT CRV:
CRV Ambreed has a strong strategic focus on biosecurity, built up over many years, and as the second largest producer of AI semen in New Zealand we are confident our biosecurity protocols and procedures will effectively mitigate the known risks associated with the current M.Bovis outbreak.
In order to ensure our bulls and staff visiting farms maintain appropriate biosecurity standards, we have highlighted below key components that relate to the management of M.Bovis at CRV Ambreed.

International disease testing standards are followed:…

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Environmentally friendly bulls welcomed

Four new ‘environmentally friendly’ bulls have been included as part of CRV Ambreed’s latest team of proven sires.

New graduates Ambzed Powells CORTEX S2F, Tralee Shadow DART-ET S2F, Glen Leith Degree OMNIBUS, and Calrenah And WATCHMAN ET are four of 28 bulls in the CRV Ambreed LowN Sires team for 2018.

“In March last year, we announced our plans to market bulls that are genetically superior for a new trait that is related to the amount of urea nitrogen in milk,” says Product Manager Oceania Peter van Elzakker.

He says the LowN Sires bull team was popular when…

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Johan’s unusual job

Johan Fourie always gets a kick telling people he works in the “sex industry”, particularly unsuspecting townies. His official role is the production farm manager for CRV Ambreed at Bellevue Farm in the Waikato.

The 26-year-old South African is responsible for the semen harvesting, animal health care and well-being and general semen production of CRV’s bulls.

There are around 160-180 bulls on the farm at any one time, with a maximum capacity of 250. The farm is set up in different parts; the internal barns and paddocks make up the EU Facility and the outer parts …

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Understanding information from bulk milk sample results

Every day farmers supplying Open Country Dairies, Fonterra, Synlait, Westland Milk Products and possibly other processors receive the Milk Urea concentration (MU) of their bulk milk sample which is also analysed for protein, fat and somatic cell content as the basis of their milk cheque. Across NZ the average MU value is 30 units.

MU gives us a good idea of how much Nitrogen is excreted in urine – this is called urinary nitrogen. Overseas plus limited NZ research shows a straight-line relationship between MU and grams of urinary nitrogen excreted per day per cow. On…

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Better Cows Tour hugely popular

A series of roadshows around New Zealand, held to talk to dairy farmers about breeding better herds, has been hugely successful, CRV Ambreed says.

The company held the Better Cows Tour events from Dargaville to Winton across March and April and were met with huge turnouts from farmers keen to discuss the importance of genetics.

CRV Ambreed’s Sales and Marketing Manager Matt Macfie says he was impressed by the overall enthusiasm to using genetic gain to improve herd health, efficiency and to sustainability.

“We met with hundreds of farmers right around the coun…

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