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News from New Zealand and around the world

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

Massive milestone for dairy industry: LIC tags its 10,000th bull!

It’s a milestone that has been 55 years in the making but took only a split-second to finally happen. With one clamp of a handheld tag punch, LIC’s 10,000th Sire Proving Scheme (SPS) bull calf has been tagged.

Stairway to Potential Sire Stardom

For LIC farms manager Dave Hale and his 23 staff, the new season begins in December when a fresh cohort of yearling bull calves arrive at Newstead.

Latest Industry Results Confirm LIC has the Best Bulls in the Country – By Far

LIC bulls continue to thrive both locally and globally because of the high standards set by the cooperative. Only the best of the best of the best make it to the LIC Sire Team, to ensure the efficiency and productivity of dairy farmers is continually improved.

Mythbuster: Pasture Not a Complete Fuel Source

DairyNZ senior scientist Jane Kay busts the myth around pasture not being a complete fuel source for a cow's engine.

Behind every great bull is a great farming family

Passion, knowledge, dedication – that’s what it takes to breed a top bull.

The Art of Mastering a Game Plan

Read how one New Zealand farmer puts his tight calving interval squarely down to Short Gestation Length (SGL) semen, and how he's seen plenty of his cows calve at 265-268 days - substantially earlier than the standard 282 days.

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.

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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