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Friday, 4 April 2014
LIC scientists have discovered genetic variations which impact milk composition in dairy cows. All cows have the ‘fat gene’, named AGPAT6, but LIC senior scientist Dr Matt Littlejohn says the variations they’ve discovered provide a genetic explanation as to why some cows produce higher fat content in their milk than others. more...
Thursday, 23 January 2014
New Zealand dairy farmers are successfully bucking a long-term trend in declining dairy cow fertility, according to new industry data. more...
Friday, 20 December 2013
Scientists discover one cause of loss of calves through pregnancy LIC scientists have discovered a genetic variation which is one of the causes of dairy cows being empty through the loss of their calf through pregnancy. more...
Friday, 6 December 2013
Despite a severe drought that resulted in a shorter milking season for many of New Zealand’s dairy farmers, milk production only decreased by 1.6% during the 2012/2013 season. more...
Sunday, 26 May 2013
Over the last 2-3 weeks since the discovery of the Small Calf Syndrome, LIC has been analysing the genotypes of bulls in our genomic dataset. From this dataset we have been able to identify the following list of carrier sires. The carriers have been identified based on a set of markers that are close to the genetic variation of interest and the marker set has over 99% accuracy. Genotyping of the sires for the actual genetic variation will be undertaken in the coming weeks. more...
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Use of DNA sequence technology by farmer cooperative Livestock Improvement (LIC) has led to the discovery of a recessive small calf gene - opening the door to managing Small Calf Syndrome out of the dairy industry. more...
Monday, 29 April 2013
Wayne McNee, currently the Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), has been appointed Chief Executive of dairy farmer cooperative Livestock Improvement (LIC). more...
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Andrew and Jackie Siemelink always knew that the reproductive performance of their herd was a priority on their Te Puke farm, but after some disappointing mating results they’ve lifted the lid on the potential which exists to improve the overall profitability of the farm. more...
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Welcome to the New look LIC website for International clients and partners. more...

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    4 April 2014
    LIC scientists have discovered genetic variations which impact milk composition in dairy cows. All cows have the ‘fat gene’, named AGPAT6, but LIC senior scientist Dr Matt Littlejohn says the variations they’ve discovered provide a genetic explanation as to why some cows produce higher fat content in their milk than others.
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