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Pasture to Profit consultant Piers Badnell discusses the fundamentals of setting up a successful and profitable rotational grazing system.


LIC UK has undergone a few changes over the last few months as we look at better ways to support our farmers in the UK and Ireland.

An area of change is the way we operate our EU export centre in NZ. Due to a reduction in the length of quarantine required from 104 days to just 30, we can now process more of our Premier Sires Team on centre, as well as deliver our new graduate sires earlier than ever before - in some cases before our NZ Farmer shareholders get their hands on them.

As you can imagine this has taken some negotiation with our NZ farmers, considering the massive annual investment LIC makes on their behalf each year in breeding and proving these elite sires bred to efficiently convert feed into profit.

This is great news for the European market as we will have access to these elite sires but we have only been cleared to provide these to you this year providing we get commitment from you to ensure the IP is secure and resulting bull calves don’t end up being used in AI here.

To address this issue, we have put together some Terms and Conditions which we will require you to sign before we can supply your orders this year and onward.

Click here to read and sign  the LIC UK Terms and Conditions.


Farmers from across the UK gathered in November at Worcester Rugby club for the LIC (UK) Pasture to Profit Conference, entitled 'Beyond the Trough’. It was lively day, full of much debate and the exchange of ideas, and it brought together experts, farmers and technical specialists to look at some of the topical challenges facing the UK dairy industry today. Below is a short film about the conference which explains why UK farmers return to the conference year after year.

Good autumn grazing is not only about what can be gained from high quality grass at the shoulder of the season, but also about setting up for a successful start to Spring 2017.



“Beyond the Trough” is the title of this year’s Pasture to Profit Conference, being held on November 10th at Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways Stadium in Worcester.

The conference, organised by LIC (UK), brings together experts, farmers and technical specialists from home and abroad to look at some of the topical challenges facing the dairy industry today.

“Volatility has shaped our industry for the past few years and now is the time to explore increasing the resilience of your dairy business for the future. The mix of expert speakers we have at the conference will explore the challenges facing the dairy industry and how to move beyond them,” says Conference Chairman and LIC Europe General Manager, Mark Ryder.

The first session of the day brings together three speakers, Sean Rickard, Independent Economist, Euryn Jones from HSBC Bank and Graham Wilkinson from Arla, to give their views on the global milk market and price fluctuations.

The morning’s farmer panel will hear from four farmers, Mat Pilkington, Malcolm Fewster, Di Wastenage and Geoff Sayers, about what makes their business resilient, independent of herd size, calving pattern and geographical location.

After lunch Nolliag Heffernan, an HR Specialist, will talk about retaining and managing staff. This is followed by a breakout session, during which delegates can choose to attend three of the following four sessions;

- Joyce Voogt – the greatest impact on reproductive performance is people

- Joe Leonard – stress management

- Nolliag Heffernan – practical session on managing staff

- Bess Jowsey – UK CFP data, trends of profitable systems

The last session of the day is the Science Snapshots, where five industry expert speakers will give concise summaries of the key technical topics for today’s dairy industry, from Johnes disease to soil nitrate sensors.

For further information and to book your place go to the BGS website:

LIC statement, UK Terms and Condition

5 February 2016


LIC recently added two new clauses to its conditions of sale. In this statement, Mark Ryder, the artificial breeding company's new GM Europe explains what they mean, and why they have been added.


Mark's career with LIC has spanned more than 20 years, across a number of senior management roles including Country Manager for Ireland. In the newly created GM role, Mark is responsible for overseeing and growing LIC's business in Europe.


"I understand that there may be some concern around the recent additions to LIC’s sale conditions, however they are simply to help ensure our genetic products are only used for the purposes they are intended.


"The first clause allows farmers to use KiwiCross® semen to get cows in-calf and to breed replacement heifers and natural mating bulls.


"The second clause allows farmers to use Hereford short gestation length semen to get cows in-calf with offspring that will naturally be born earlier (on the beef scale) the next season. This provides more days in milk for the farmer, when using a beef product, and increased production for the season. As this genetics product is bred solely for short gestation length and no other traits, the offspring is not suitable for retaining on farm long term . This clause will help ensure that no male or female offspring are used for breeding or semen collection. 


"LIC has invested heavily to bring British farmers the benefits of reliable KiwiCross® and Hereford short gestation genetics.


"The addition of these conditions are a responsible business decision on LIC’s part, to help protect our significant investment into our breeding programmes, progeny testing, research and development. They will also ultimately allow us to continue the supply of these products and services to our farmers in Ireland. Similar conditions apply for LIC’s farmers in New Zealand, and have done so for a number of years.


"I want to assure British farmers that they will not be denied or limited in access to LIC’s genetic material under these new conditions, so long as they are using them for the purpose they are intended."