Beef bulls adding value
Making use of strategically-selected beef bulls as follow-up bulls in a dairy operation adds value, with minimal downside. A four-year Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics’ Dairy-Beef Progeny Test is now into its second year and the results make for positive reading.
AI experiencing resurgence
The use of artificial insemination (AI) in commercial beef cow herds is experiencing a resurgence.
B+LNZ Genetics Beef Progeny Test - Year 3 update
By the end of this year, the Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics Beef Progeny Test will have produced three crops of calves.
Dairy-beef calves getting off to cracking start
B+LNZ Genetics’ Dairy-Beef Progeny Test aims to calculate the additional value that can be added by using high genetic-merit Angus and Hereford bulls, versus the unrecorded bulls traditionally used as “follow-up bulls” in most New Zealand dairy systems.
Facial Eczema threatens ewe fertility
Warm, wet weather is creating perfect conditions for Facial Ezcema (FE) and given the right conditions the risk could continue through until May.
Smedley takes science to the land
Smedley Station is the first step for many young cadets in farming. Since March 2016, the 5054ha Hawke’s Bay training farm has also been making the first steps in on-farm progeny testing of sheep.
Breeding to reduce reliance on drenching sheep
Genetic improvement through selection offers one of the best long-term solutions to reducing reliance on drench. But, where do you start?
Drench resistance: The next big issue?
Waikato sheep and beef farmer Matthew Scott believes drench resistance is the next big issue farmers will face.
Massive funding boost for New Zealand beef genetics research
In a landmark trans-Tasman collaboration, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics and Meat and Livestock Australia are committing a total of $5.2m towards major joint beef research projects.
Hogget mating drives future productivity
Managed correctly, hogget mating has the potential to enhance the productivity and profitability of the future ewe flock – but the inverse is also true.
Record docking despite one of hottest FE seasons on record
The past season was one of worst on record for facial eczema (FE). B+LNZ Genetics talks to a farmer whose operation has been using FE tolerant rams for 30 years.
Final Report confirms potential of dairy beef integration
The final report of a five year study into the use of quality beef genetics in a dairy beef supply chain was released today, confirming the potential for dairy farmers to produce high value calves with minimal calving problems using proven beef genetics.