LIC’s Elite Jersey bulls have cemented their position at the top of the New Zealand Jersey Ranking of Active Sires (RAS) list, released at the weekend.
This is good news for dairy farmers who prefer to get their Jersey genetics from the New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative.
Among a range of positive statistics on the Jersey RAS list, LIC has all of the top 5 bulls. It also has 8 of the top 10 and 11 of the top 15 bulls on the Jersey RAS list. Of the 11, 9 are new graduates which illustrates the change in LIC’s momentum.
“In these economically challenging times for dairy farmers, LIC’s Jersey bulls offer exceptional quality and value for money,” LIC Jersey Bull Acquisition Manager Malcolm Ellis said.
“As a dairy farmer myself who is passionate about farm profitability, and particularly at times like these, it is reassuring that farmers can have real confidence in LIC's Jersey bull teams. The majority of the New Zealand industry’s top Jersey bulls are now within the LIC team,” Ellis said.
LIC has now had the top 5 Jersey bulls on the Jersey RAS list for the last three consecutive Animal Evaluation runs. The RAS list ranks the bulls from all the companies that provide inseminations to dairy farmers nationwide. The latest list was released on Saturday (2 April 2016). The list is administered by the industry-good organisation DairyNZ.
Ellis said LIC had improved the performance of its Jersey bulls significantly over the past five years, with a focussed programme of work.
“We have brought a return to basics mentality to our breeding scheme. We have put a lot of emphasis on strong, deep cow families and our bulls are graduating from that. We have had a significant fundamental shift in quality and we will continue to develop that for the good of our farmer-shareholders and offshore customers.”
Ellis said it was positive that so many new graduates were appearing on the RAS list because it confirmed LIC was focussing on the right things in its breeding programme.
“We are pleased our hard work in this area is paying off. The benefits of the quality of LIC’s top Jersey bulls will flow on to farmers who invest in inseminations from LIC and confirm the Jersey breed’s status as a genuine parent breed with a great deal to offer the industry.”
The Jersey Ranking of Sires (RAS) list also shows:
The top 5 bulls on the Jersey RAS list are all new graduates in the current season, from LIC’s Sire Proving scheme.
The top bull on the Jersey RAS list is LIC’s Chardonnay Frankie, with a breeding worth of 270. Breeding worth is the expected economic ability of an animal to breed a future replacement.