Research

CRV Ambreed to launch online calculator for farmers to assess cows’ urinary Nitrogen output

CRV Ambreed has designed an assessment tool for its clients to calculate how much nitrogen their cows are excreting in urine.

It’s an online assessment tool into which the farmer inputs their own data, including the Milk Urea concentration (MU) value on their daily bulk milk reports, to calculate the amount of nitrogen their herd is excreting in urine. Knowing the numbers means they can take steps to address it if they need to.

The herd-improvement company made national headlines in 2017 when it announced a ground-breaking use of genetics. CRV Ambreed has shown i…

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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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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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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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