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Family, Farming and Footy

Australian dairy country doesn’t get much more traditional than South Purrumbete, located in the Western Districts. Paul Hinkley is continuing the family legacy on their 270 hectare dryland property in the rolling hills of South Purrumbete

Breeding for fertility in the modern dairy cow

Every herd has a range of cow types and performance within it. Every year brings forward a new crop of calves and an offering of elite bulls for joining. The herd’s ‘cycle of life’ gives an annual opportunity to improve important genetic traits, herd quality and farm profitability and sustainability.

Breeding for the future

While delivering the most elite genetics to farmers to create more efficient and profitable herds is the aim, LIC Livestock Selection Manager Simon Worth explains why a balanced approach is important.

UK award winner takes the cream

Cornish herd manager, James Major shares some insight into his winning formula after he took out the LIC High Fertility Award at the recent Cream Awards.

Exciting project in Germany

LIC Europe is working with New Zealand companies, Gallagher and Waikato Milking Systems, on a unique project started by Irish farmers, Paul and Stephen Costello, in Germany. The Costello’s have invested in a 1600ha unit just south of Brandenburg. The farm is unique to the area, aiming to produce pasture-based milk for local consumers.

How about now, brown cow?

The New Zealand Jerseys are leading the way! In the December Good Bulls Guide 12 of the 15 top spots were made up of New Zealand Jerseys, showing the mass improvement of the breed in recent years.

The best of both breeds

There are multiple reasons why KiwicrossTM sires are increasing in popularity on both sides of the Tasman. A key motive is that farmers want to better utilise feed.

Breeding for the golden oldies

Have you ever wondered about the secret to a long life in families whom all seem to live to a ripe old age? Is it their lifestyle, their circumstances or their genetics?

Mount Schank beauty - when patience, passion and precision pays off

An often-forgotten region of Australian dairy, South Australia’s Mount Schank is efficiently going about its business. LIC Australia Sales and Operations Manager Mike Rose spent some time there visiting farmers and made a special visit to Mike Green’s farm in the heart of the region.

Is the answer black and white?

With a new crop of 80 Holstein Friesian sires that have been through LIC’s intensive progeny test process, we can pick the cream of the crop using actual data from their milking daughters.

Step towards better animal predictions

LIC has invested $70 million over the last three decades to improve the accuracy of its animal evaluation system with improved data providing better predictions on breeding worth for our farmers and industry.

COVID-19 update - we are still here for you

In recent light of the ever-evolving situation concerning COVID-19, LIC Australia’s number one priority is the safety of you, your staff and family, and our people.

Summer planning

What resources are needed if the summer is great, average, or poor?

Blank canvas to business of the year - The rise of Clear Springs Dairy

Unlike the name of the Tasmanian town where it is situated, there is nothing meandering about the rise of Clear Springs Dairy. With only three seasons under their belt, farm managers Tim and Fiona Salter have already taken out one of the Tasmanian dairy industry’s top awards.

Dornauf Family Farms - Over 50 years of improvement and counting

Improvement is the name of the game at the Dornauf Family Farms, now managed by third generation farmer Nick Dornauf and his wife Bek. 55 years ago his grandparents started out with 71 cows that were producing an average of 100kg of milk butterfat per season.

LIC bulls receive top industry accolades from breed societies

Two LIC bulls have won both the Holstein Friesian and Jersey breed societies’ premier accolades at their respective annual conferences.

A golden opportunity - a fresh perspective on NZ Jerseys

On BPI the New Zealand bred Jersey bulls take up ten of the top twenty-five positions. The next biggest group is from the USA, at eight. The New Zealand bred animals also had more fat kg, protein kg, greater chest width and body depth, are bigger based on liveweight and are better for somatic cell counts.