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Pilot trial seeking to identify possibility of breeding lower-methane emitting cows gets underway

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A pilot trial seeking to identify a possible link between the methane cows produce and their genetics has got underway in the Waikato.
The trial involving dairy breeding bulls is believed to be a world-first and is being run by Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and CRV which together sire 90% of the New Zealand dairy herd through their artificial breeding bulls. The project has received funding from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGGRC).
Stage one of the trial involves measuring the amount of methane that a small number of bulls …

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CRV takes actions to prevent spreading of the COVID-19 

In light of the Covid-19 situation, CRV has implemented several measures. Aligned with NZ official information our field staff will continue servicing our clients.


All CRV staff will minimize personal contact and take hygiene measures into account including:

Wash hands with soap regularly
Cough and sneeze on the inside of the elbow
Use paper tissuesand dispose immediately
Do not shake hands
Stay at home with symptoms of the common cold or flu
Respect social distance of at least 2 metres


Please be assured that our collection…

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Improved animal evaluation enables better dairy breeding decisions

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More accurate genetic evaluations, drawing on ten years of New Zealand and international research, will be available to dairy farmers from February.

New Zealand Animal Evaluation Limited (NZAEL) Manager Dr Brian Wickham says dairy farmers are set to benefit from an enhanced genetic evaluations system that underpins the national breeding objective and evaluations farmers use to make breeding decisions.

“It will enable farmers to breed cows that are more efficient at converting feed into…

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CRV Ambreed turns 50

Celebrations have been underway this week at CRV Ambreed to mark its 50th anniversary.

A special gala dinner tonight at The Atrium at Wintec in Hamilton caps off the celebrations

Earlier this week, more than 50 business and industry leaders joined the CRV senior management team and their Netherlands-based executives to mark the occasion.

CRV chairman Peter Broeckx, chief executive Roald van Noort, and chief operating officer Huib Jan Kransenberg will also join more than 200 staff, past staff and breeders at tonight’s dinner.

CRV Ambreed managing…

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More dairy farmers breeding to reduce environmental footprint

Dairy farmers are uping their game and doing more to improve their environmental footprint through their breeding programme.

CRV Ambreed’s Product Manager Peter van Elzakker says more farmers have been asking about CRV Ambreed’s LowN sires this year with the goal to start breeding for lower Milk Urea Nitrogen concentration (MUN).

Cows bred for lower levels of MUN are expected to excrete less nitrogen in their urine, which then reduces the amount of nitrogen leached when cows are grazed on pasture.

This year over a quarter of all CRV Ambreed’s orders are for bu…

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