Our People

CRV AB Technician

AB technician clocks up half a million inseminations

category Our People

Artificial Breeding (AB) technician Dirk van den Ven estimates he has inseminated half a million cows in this 40-year career.

The 60-year-old is originally from Holland, but has been living in New Zealand with his wife Mieke since 2012, based in Winton.
Dirk has been named the 2019 CRV Ambreed AB Technician of the Year for the Southland region.
The award recognises Dirk’s commitment, competency and excellent cow return rates, meaning his success at ensuring cows are in calf.

Dirk says before he and Mieke moved to New Zealand, they used to travel from Holland ev…

read more ›

Mother-daughter team work as AB Technicians for CRV

category Our People

AB Technicians Tash Meredith and her daughter Sophie are passionate about helping farmers breed healthy, happy cows. Tash started as an AB technician more than 14 years ago and has been with CRV Ambreed for the last seven. This season, she has enjoyed the company of her 20-year-old daughter Sophie as her assistant.

Initially, Tash’s motivation for becoming an AB technician was to help with breeding on her own dairy farm. Now she enjoys helping other farmers improve their businesses through their breeding choices.
Tash has been named CRV Ambreed AB Technician of the…

read more ›

West Coast AB Technician goes the extra mile

category Our People

West Coast AB (Artificial Breeding) Technician Kelley Molloy has been going the extra mile for local dairy farmers, keeping their mating season on track as they battle challenging weather conditions.

 

The weather disaster in the South Westland region has come at a particularly difficult time for local dairy farmers, who are in the middle of their all-important mating season. During this period farmers have daily visits from specialist AB Technicians to inseminate cows that are on heat. AB in cattle is the process by which semen is collected from a bull, sto…

read more ›

Dairy farming in New Zealand continues to have family at its heart

category Our People

Over the past 50 years CRV Ambreed staff have had the pleasure of seeing generation after generation take over the family business and continue breeding the best cows for the livelihood of their families.  We interviewed Don Shaw, third generation farm owner and former staff member of CRV Ambreed, who now shares his passion and knowledge of breeding the ‘CRV Ambreed’ way with his granddaughter.

Don Shaw has milked a few Jerseys in his lifetime.  He’s brought a few cows into the world too.

Raised on the Anchor Jerseys stud in Ohaupo, Don (80) is a third generatio…

read more ›

For us, having the ‘best’ once-a-day cows has certainly meant we have enjoyed having a ‘better life

category Our People

Russell and Charlotte Heald appreciate the support they receive from CRV, and CRV appreciates the relationship with them too.  It’s relationships like this that have kept CRV Ambreed in business for 50 years.

After 10 years’ working with CRV Ambreed, nothing’s a problem – great field consultants, great bull selection, efficient service, and fantastic AI technicians.

The Heald’s are progressive dairy farmers with big goals.

They currently milk 430 Friesian and Friesian cross cows in a once-a-day milking system, so need cows with the udder capacity and udder sup…

read more ›