Research

Sheep farmers show the lead to dairy farmers on a genetic solution to FE

category Genetics, Research

The facial eczema (FE) outbreak this season is a wake-up call.

Many farming in ‘safe’ areas have had a rude shock; even if they did implement prevention systems after FE became evident, they will have been too late as these systems must be in place before a facial eczema challenge.

Sheep farmers have utilised genetics as a tool to prevent FE for 30 years. In that time, AgResearch’s Ramguard service has been providing the sporidesmin toxin responsible for FE to ram breeders who annually challenge their ram hoggets for tolerance. Some of these breeders are now usin…

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CRV Ambreed offers genetic solution to increase FE tolerance in dairy cattle

New Zealand dairy farmers must act now and use the right targeted genetics to breed cattle that are more resilient to facial eczema.

That’s the message from CRV Ambreed’s research and development manager Phil Beatson who believes the dairy industry could learn a great deal from the sheep industry to successfully increase tolerance this debilitating disease long-term.

Facial eczema (FE) is not only harmful for animals, but also incredibly stressful for farmers when their stock is affected.

It is caused by a toxin (sporisdesim) produced by the spores of the fung…

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Breeding programme gives birth to horn-less dairy cows

category Genetics, Research

CRV Ambreed’s latest breeding programme will offer dairy farmers a wider selection of high genetic merit, horn-less cows.

The herd improvement company has been developing its polled product line for over a decade, which has been driven by farmers concerned about animal welfare, human safety and the cost of de-horning animals.

The programme has gained momentum over the past three years and polled genetics will be available to market as soon as next year.

CRV Ambreed research and development manager, Phil Beatson, says the beauty about polled genetics is that it…

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$15,000 tertiary scholarship package on offer

Tertiary students interested in a career in the dairy sector could get a financial boost and unique experience in the animal breeding industry thanks to a scholarship programme offered by CRV Ambreed.

The herd improvement company offers two scholarships each year; one to a Massey University undergraduate science student and one to a Lincoln University undergraduate science student.

Now in its sixth year, the scheme has contributed about $200,000 toward the education and development of its recipients.

The scholarship includes a trip to one of CRV’s internationa…

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Facial eczema tolerant genetics “essential tool for the dairy farming toolbox”

A well-known and respected dairy farmer, who was one of the first in New Zealand to introduce facial eczema tolerant genetics into his dairy herd, says they are an “essential tool for the dairy farming toolbox”.

Managing director of Sisam and Sons Ltd in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Richard Sisam, has spoken out in support of these genetics, following an especially bad season for facial eczema (FE) across New Zealand.

This season is the fourth year Sisam & Sons have used CRV Ambreed’s FE tolerant genetics their four herds and replacement heifers.

“We now hav…

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