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Latest News and stories from LIC New Zealand and around the world.

Our Sierra's a top breeder

A Paeroa bull named Sierra is deemed elite nationwide in on the Ranking of Active Sires (RAS) list for crossbred bulls

Growing Interest in OAD Milking

For many years a small portion of New Zealand dairy farmers have opted for a year-round, once-a-day (OAD), milking regime in their dairy farm operation. The motivation typically varies from lifestyle to long walks between paddocks and the dairy (due to farm layout). In some cases, cow shed design, or labour structure, contributes to the decision.

LIC Jersey bulls make a strong comeback

LIC’s Jersey Premier Sires bulls have cemented their position at the top of the national Jersey Ranking of Active Sires (RAS) list, released at the weekend.

Breeding Worth Update - February 2016

You will notice a change in Breeding Worth (BW) following the 15 February Animal Evaluation run. During this run, there will be a range of developments rolled out, some of which are routine, such as an update to the economic values, and some of which are fundamental improvements to the AE system.

Small cows, more milk from Kiwi genetics

Do bigger cows mean more milk in the vat? No, says Australian farmer Sue Walton.

Calving pattern can be improved

Get the key ingredients right and the six-week-in-calf rate is far more likely to be on target.

LIC sires named best in season

Two of LIC’s artificial breeding bulls were named sires of the season by Jersey and Holstein-Friesian breed societies at their annual conferences last month.

Mint bull to go down in history on hall of fame

An elite artificial breeding bull that has delivered a significant contribution to dairy farms nationwide will forever be recognised as one of the very best after being inducted into LIC’s prestigious Hall of Fame last week.

LIC and Lely combine sensor technology resources

Lely Group in the Netherlands and New Zealand-based Livestock Improvement Corporation (NZX: LIC) have entered into a new partnership aimed at accelerating developments in sensor technology and increasing utilisation on farms worldwide.

Farm technology among Hi-Tech Award finalists

For the second consecutive year, Hamilton-based Dairy Automation Limited (DAL) has been named finalist in two categories of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards.

LIC forms strategic partnership with SCR world-leading cow intelligence provider

Farmer-owned co-operative LIC (NZX:LIC) has secured a new strategic partnership with the world-leading cow monitoring and milking intelligence solutions company, SCR.

What are New Zealand’s top dairy farmers doing?

Utilising the benefits of cross breeding has been fundamental to the success of many New Zealand dairy farmers according to Jack Hooper, Principal Advisor, of the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC).

Scientists discover ‘fat gene’ in cows

LIC scientists have discovered genetic variations which impact milk composition in dairy cows.

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.

LIC discovers small calf gene

Joint Media statement from LIC and CRV Ambreed 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.

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