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Seeking new Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders

28 May 2015

Seeking new Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders

Holstein Friesian New Zealand and CRV Ambreed will team up again this year to select New Zealand’s next generation of top Holstein Friesian bulls for their joint sire proving programme, ‘Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders’.

Recently celebrating 20 years, the joint venture was set up to source, prove and sell high merit genetics within New Zealand's Holstein Friesian population and has helped to advance and develop the breed ever since.

With calving season set to kick off in the coming months, about 150 young bull calves will be nominated for the Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders programme and put forward to a committee of Holstein Friesian New Zealand Councillors and CRV Ambreed breeding experts to be considered for the scheme.

Up to ten bulls will be selected for the programme, based on how they can support the future conditions of New Zealand dairy farming, their capacity to increase efficiency and production, and how they suit the different types of farming systems farmers use throughout the country.

“The true success of the Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders’ programme over the last 20 years can be judged by the high number of bulls that have graduated on their genetic merit year-on-year to be marketed by CRV Ambreed in their proven team,” said Holstein Friesian New Zealand general manager Cherilyn Watson.


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