The ‘Resilient Dairy’ research launched by LIC at National Fieldays in June is an “overdue but welcome initiative” because New Zealand is lagging in dairy genetics, says genetics company World Wide Sires.
Poor udder quality in many New Zealand cows contributes to them being culled in their first and second lactations, imposing an unsustainable cost, says a visiting expert.
How to breed the herd of the future will be front of mind for dairy farmers attending Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
The rate of improvement in dairy genetics is not keeping pace with technology, says World Wide Sires.
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.