It would be easy to say that in 50 years that CRV Ambreed has been in business, no one has been more passionate about breeding better dairy cows than Taranaki’s Ray Lawrence.
After more than forty years working with local dairy farmers to breed healthier and more efficient herds, Ray retired from his field consultant and AI technician roles at CRV Ambreed late 2018.
His long association with CRV Ambreed began in 1976 when he trained in AI and began using CRV Ambreed genetics in his own dairy herd.
In 1983, Ray started working as a Stratford-Etham field consultant and eventually took hold of the broader Taranaki region in 1991 as the area manager.
He was always passionate about helping farmers breed a healthy, long-lasting herd through pedigree bulls, and believes this is what motivated him to stay in the game for so long.
“Throughout my career, there was nothing more gratifying than to drive around the region each year and see the calves in the paddock that I had had a part in creating,” he says.
“Still, walking away from the relationships I’d built with clients was the hardest part about retiring.”
His former colleagues had a huge amount of respect for Ray’s knowledge of cow families and pedigrees, and his legacy will be visible on farms in the Taranaki region for many years to come.
While has had put away his AI gloves for good, he hasn’t completely let go of his gumboots.
“I still have my finger in farm life doing the odd bit of work on my son’s farm,” he says “plus I’m looking forward to seeing the continued genetic improvement in my local herds.”
Ray Lawrence’s story is part of a series of client and staff stories celebrating CRV Ambreed’s 50th year of proven performance in New Zealand.