Breeding to reduce the amount of Nitrogen hitting paddocks

New Zealand’s 4.8 million milking cows excrete 1000 tonnes of nitrogen a day in their urine and 200 tonnes of that ultimately ends up leaching into groundwater.

CRV Ambreed has determined the daily numbers using existing information related to milk urea concentration in daily bulk milk reports. The nitrogen numbers are large and the herd improvement company says it’s important to see them reduced.

CRV Ambreed’s head of R&D Phil Beatson says CRV Ambreed is encouraging conversations about how New Zealand dairy farmers could make use of the Milk Urea concentrati…

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CRV Ambreed introduces forward-looking index to help farmers breed healthy and efficient cows

Breeding company CRV Ambreed is now providing dairy farmers with a holistic approach to building their herds through a new style of index for sire selection.


The company is responding to the changing needs of New Zealand’s dairy industry.


The Better Life Health Index and Better Life Efficiency Index rank bulls so farmers can easily and quickly choose those sires that will produce the most healthy and efficient herds for them.


The health and efficiency index is being discussed with farmers at nationwide roadshows in March and April and will featu…

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It’s All In The Herd – Summer 2018

Catch up with the CRV Ambreed latest news, in our summer newsletter. It’s all in the herd newsletter

Highlighting how CRV Ambreed offers breeding solutions for healthy and efficient herds, topics include breeding for Environmental Sustainability with LowN Sires, opportunity to become part of our sire proving programme, breeding for health with increased Facial Eczema tolerant sires.

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LowN Sires recognised by government with research funding

CRV Ambreed’s genetic discovery that led to the launch of LowN Sires this year around reducing nitrogen leaching, has been the cornerstone of a successful bid to receive government research funding announced by Research Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods.

Dr Woods made the announcement about the 2017 Partnerships Scheme Investment Round on 30 November.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment fund will invest $8.4 million towards the seven-year research project. The project will be led by DairyNZ and co-funders CRV Ambreed and Fonterra, and…

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Canterbury dairy farmers will benefit from genetic solution to nitrogen reduction

category Genetics, Research

Canterbury dairy farmer John Tanner has been working hard to improve sustainability on his Leeston farm, Dunlac Dairies Ltd.

The farm is located in the Selwyn Waihora catchment and is just 20 kilometres from Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora), which is considered one of New Zealand’s most important wetland areas. On either side of the catchment are the Rakaia River and the Selwyn River.

“In Canterbury we have to lessen our nitrogen footprint on the farm,” says Tanner, who milks 730 dairy cows during the peak of the season on 260 hectares. “In our catchment, we farm on e…

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