New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) has sold its one millionth straw offshore this season, marking the 2017-18 season as the most successful to date for its international business.
Popular Premier Club bull Priests Sierra was the one millionth straw sold, purchased by young farmer Bill Keane from Waterford, Ireland.
Timothy Bunnett, Linda O’Neill and Mairead Hayes from LIC Ireland along with Larry Burke from Eurogene joined Keane on his impressive 400-cow Grouse Lodge farm to present him and his team with a New Zealand hamper to celebrate the occasion.
Keane established his herd in 2011. Since then he has not only grown the number of cows he is milking but also the performance of those cows.
“Having spent two years in New Zealand, I was very happy with the genetics of the herds and the production and performance of the cows,” said Keane. “So, when I came back to farm in Ireland, I wanted to go breeding with LIC. I feel I’ve bred better genetics and milk solids into the cows and I am very pleased with how they are performing.”
Timothy Bunnett, LIC Europe sales operations manager, said it is with the backing of innovative farmers like Keane that LIC can keep improving their products and solutions, working towards their goal of improving the prosperity of farmers all around the world.
“We’re proud and pleased that our one millionth straw has ended up in Ireland and on Bill’s farm,” said Bunnett. “The LIC Ireland team have been working with Bill for a number of years now and really appreciate his on-going support. The partnership we have built with farmers like Bill is important to us as we continue to invest in Ireland. We look forward to continuing our work with Bill and other Irish farmers in the years to come, with more exciting plans in the pipeline.”
As the end of the Ireland Spring AI season nears, LIC and Eurogene representatives are out in full force to offer advice and support to farmers on their individual breeding needs.