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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Farmers able to access Milk Urea Nitrogen breeding values through CRV Ambreed

category Genetics, Services

Dairy farmers herd testing and herd recording with CRV Ambreed will soon receive their Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN) breeding values.

CRV Ambreed Managing Director Angus Haslett says the additional information will be welcomed by farmers wanting to use LowN Sires™, CRV’s low-MUN bulls.

The dairy herd improvement company made a major announcement in late March about its genetic discovery that it anticipates could reduce nitrogen leaching on New Zealand farms by 20% within 20 years and result in a more sustainable dairy industry.

In what’s thought to be an internatio…

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Growing AI team seeking technicians

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CRV Ambreed is currently recruiting AI technicians to join our growing technician team. If you have:

At least two years’ experience.
A proven track record of excellent results.
Desire to be part of a dynamic, fun team.

… then we’d like to talk.

If you’re ready to make the change, contact our AI Manager, Cara O’Connor, for a confidential talk on 0800 262 733 or email

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CRV Ambreed says 2016 Artificial Insemination numbers already up on 2015

Artificial Insemination rates among CRV Ambreed customers are already higher in 2016 than 2015, the herd-improvement firm says.


CRV Ambreed Managing Director Angus Haslett says Artificial Insemination (AI) rates have been steady throughout most of 2016 but have now overtaken last year’s total numbers. He says there was a noticeable rise in demand following the recent milk price hike in November.


CRV Ambreed contracts, trains and certifies 200 AI technicians around New Zealand and, overall, has about a quarter of the New Zealand herd-improvemen…

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