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Young Friesian follows in father’s fertile footsteps

Young Friesian follows in father’s fertile footsteps

Herd improvement company CRV Ambreed has cause to celebrate this month as its top performing bull, Aljo TEF Maelstrom, continues to prove his strong genetic value.

Maelstrom has broken the 300 mark on both Breeding Worth (BW) and New Zealand Merit Index (NZMI) indexes; a first for any CRV Ambreed bull since the company was established 45 years ago.

CRV Ambreed’s managing director Angus Haslett explained the indexes.

“The indexes are nationally recognised; BW as an economic index and NZMI as a desired gains index. They are useful guides to help in developing a breeding program,” he said.

“NZMI was created by CRV Ambreed to help us breed what we believe to be more desirable traits for economic benefit, creating a long-lasting and productive herd for our customers.”

“Only the top five bulls of any breed in the country are at or above the 300 mark – so this milestone means Maelstrom is part of an elite level of genetics,” he said.

And Mr Haslett is confident that the young Friesian sire’s performance will only continue to improve.

“Maelstrom entered the market in 2013, and throughout 2014 he has been the top of the CRV Ambreed list for both NZMI and BW indexes,” he said.

“We have sold every dose of semen this bull has produced. He has sold over 130,000 doses in his two years of being marketed.

His doses have been sold in New Zealand, USA, South Africa, Australia, Ecuador and South America.

And looking at Maelstrom’s family history, it’s no wonder the bull’s performance continues to soar.

Maelstrom is the son of renowned bull Firenze, one of CRV Ambreed’s most productive Holstein-Friesian sires, who retired in 2014.


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