OPINION: Breeding worth (BW) was introduced decades ago and has served farmers well as a breeding guide – or has it?
The call for dairy farmers to prepare now for a future with smaller, more productive herds depends on access to superior dairy sires.
The ability of dairy cows to use feed to produce higher quantities of milk is a genetics issue, says the world’s largest dairy farmer cooperative.
Dairy farmers worldwide are being urged to prepare now for a future with a smaller herd of higher producing cows, says the general manager of World Wide Sires New Zealand, Hank Lina.
Farmer demand for A2 dairy bulls for the upcoming mating season is at record levels, says the marketing arm of World Wide Sires NZ.
In the wake of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, one of New Zealand’s main bull semen suppliers is calling for an industry body to be set up to implement country-wide testing and biosecurity standards.
When Manawatu dairy farmer Kelly Powell talks about Holstein-Friesian cows you can hear the excitement and passion in her voice.