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Understand the A2/A2 status of your herd

 

CRV Ambreed and Analytica has the ability to analyse individual cows Herd Test milk samples for beta-casein types. This test provides a percentage indicator as to how much A1 and A2 type beta-casein. A bulk milk sample beta-casein test is also available. The alternative is to use DNA from tissue samples.

Analytica was an obvious partner of choice for CRV Ambreed, as its labs currently undertake all the finished goods testing for The A2 Milk Company and the company has developed the IP around the Bovine Beta Casein Protein Testing from milk and finished mil…

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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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