From rural banking to cow genetics: meet the new CRV Ambreed field consultant for Taranaki Gill Haenga

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New CRV Ambreed field consultant Gill Haenga knows the roads and the people of the Taranaki region well.

Over the past 12 years, as a rural account manager for ASB Bank in New Plymouth, she travelled extensively around Taranaki region meeting farmers.

As CRV Ambreed’s newly appointed field consultant for coastal Taranaki/Manaia, Ms Haenga will again be traversing some of those same rural roads, turning up farm driveways to meet and talk with farmers. The area encompasses Okato to Manaia, and the coastal side of Mt Taranaki.

Building relationships is something …

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CRV Ambreed AI technician marks 62 years working in dairy genetics

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Don Shaw, 79, has been surrounded by dairy cows his entire life. And, in his role as an artificial insemination (AI) technician for CRV Ambreed, he’s been responsible for bringing a fair few calves into the world.

Raised on an Ohaupo farm, Mr Shaw is a fourth generation New Zealand dairy farmer. For the past 62 years he’s also worked as an AI technician, inseminating an estimated 250,000 cows in that time.

At 17, Mr Shaw started his artificial breeding (AB) training with South Auckland Herd Improvement.

“You weren’t supposed to train until you were 18, but I …

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Guaranteeing herd improvement with the best of the best

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Holstein Friesian New Zealand and CRV Ambreed are proud to announce the latest tool to increase the standard of black and white genetics in New Zealand – Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders Superior Female Programme.

Launched today, this programme will identify superior registered Holstein Friesian females throughout the country who are set to produce superior male progeny to be offered to the already-successful Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders Male Programme.

HFNZ members will have the opportunity to nominate animals for the programme and with two rounds to pass…

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Farmer calls on others to do progeny testing to boost national herd

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Dairy farmer Mike Tillemans is calling on others to get involved in progeny testing, not only to benefit their own farm business, but to benefit the national herd.


Tillemans is a farm owner from Atiamuri, between Taupo and Tokoroa. He milks 450 cows at the peak of the season, on his 150ha dairy farm.


Tillemans has been part of CRV Ambreed’s sire-proving programme known as the Progeny Test Programme for about eight years and says it’s put him at an advantage when it comes to achieving the best herd possible.


Progeny testing involv…

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CRV Ambreed announces a new collaboration for BVD and Johne’s Disease

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CRV Ambreed has appointed a new laboratory to enable New Zealand dairy farmers to gain access to further information about BVD and Johne’s Disease from their herd testing.


The herd improvement company has announced an exclusive arrangement with Disease Research Ltd, part of the University of Otago. From June 2017, New Zealand farmers will get their normal herd test information on Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) and Johne’s Disease (JD) but are now able to directly take that a step further with Disease Research Limited.


Says CRV Ambreed Managing Director An…

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