Progeny Test

Product benefits

  • First access to tomorrow's elite genetics
  • The flexibility to nominate a percentage of your herd to bulls you choose
  • Generous financial rewards for heifers meeting our eligibility criteria

By taking part in CRV Ambreed’s progeny test programme you can develop and enhance your herd using tomorrow’s elite genetics today.

New Zealand dairy farmers have been working with CRV Ambreed for over 30 years to develop generations of daughter proven sires. The elite Holstein Friesian, Crossbred and Jersey bull calves selected for CRV Ambreed’s progeny test programme ultimately ensure dairy farmers’ herds are competitive and continue to be more productive and more profitable in the future.

The Progeny Test programme runs for four years, from mating to the daughter entering the milking herd as a two-year old heifer.

CRV Ambreed invites you to be part of a select group of farmers who are helping develop the next generation of elite dairy sires.

• Access to tomorrow’s top sires
• Use 10% – 40% daughter proven sires of your choice (herd size dependent)
• More information to improve your herd
• Achieve consistent genetic gain


To protect the integrity and credibility of CRV Ambreed’s progeny test programme, there is a set criteria to be eligible. We can assess if your herd is eligible based on information you provide about your herd and farm management system.

For more information about CRV Ambreed’s progeny test programme, or to find out how you can become part of this selected group, contact your local sales consultant or phone 0800 262 733.

Requirements to progeny test

To protect the integrity and credibility of CRV Ambreed’s progeny test programme, there is a set criteria to be eligible.

Herd recording

All progeny test farmers must herd record using CRV Insight or Minda to get data into the national dairy core database.

Herd testing

You must herd test four times per year from year four onwards (once the two-year-olds enter the milking herd) on an a.m/p.m method.  This provides CRV Ambreed with the daughter testing information required to validate the performance of the young bulls and assess if their merit is high enough to graduate and be marketed in the sires catalogue.

Calving and mating

All matings must take place in Spring for data collection and evaluation purposes.

You must also mate a minimum of 60-90% of your herd to our progeny test bulls (dependent on herd size)

Bring in 20% of your milking herd as two-year-old replacements

Data collection

CRV Ambreed contracts to Jersey New Zealand and the New Zealand Holstein Friesian Association to collect traits other than production (TOP) information.  Farmers are required to draft two-year-old heifers out of the milking herd for TOP inspection, a one-off event that is arranged by the breeding association. In addition, farmers are required to score heifers for milking-related traits as they calve down.


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“The Progeny Test Programme gives us the flexibility to continue with breeding goals within our herd, while keeping costs well controlled”

Ben and Melissa Lilley – ‘Millydale’ Canterbury

PT since 2016.

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