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LIC has the best bulls in the country – by far

Media release

11 October 2016


Pictured: The top bull on the Jersey RAS List, LIC’s 312034 Okura Goldie Index.

Latest industry results confirm LIC has the best bulls in the country – by far

The genetic gain and value that LIC bulls are delivering on New Zealand dairy farms is confirmed in the latest Ranking of Active Sires (RAS) list.

A phenomenal 27 of the best 30 bulls on the All Breeds list are LIC’s, including the top 14 in a row of all breeds.

“These bulls are managed by LIC on our farmers’ behalf, with massive contributions from our top breeders and our Bull Acquisition team,” LIC General Manager Biological Systems Geoff Corbett said.

“We want to thank everyone involved in the ongoing success of LIC genetics which is a truly collaborative effort. We are committed to continuing to provide farmers with exceptional permanent and cumulative genetic gain.”

Highlights from the RAS list released this week (9 October 2016) include the following:

Holstein Friesian: 44 of the top 50 Holstein Friesian bulls in New Zealand are LIC’s, including the top 11 in a row and 18 of the top 20.

Jersey: We are thrilled to have 8 of the top 10 Jersey Bulls and 13 of the top 15. This is an exceptional achievement by our Bull Acquisition Manager Jersey Malcolm Ellis, his team and our breeders. Of the top 30 Jerseys on the RAS list, 20 are LIC’s.

Crossbred: 23 of the top 25 Crossbred bulls on the RAS list are LIC’s – an outstanding result. This includes the top 5 in a row.

“We know farmers are looking for positives in these tough economic times. We believe the contribution that LIC genetics make to improving the longer-term prosperity and productivity of farming businesses is immense,” Mr Corbett said.

About LIC

LIC is a farmer-owned co-operative that provides a range of services and solutions to improve the productivity and prosperity of farmers. This includes dairy genetics, information technology, herd testing, DNA parentage verification and farm advisory services through FarmWise.

Subsidiary business LIC Automation provides integrated automation systems and unique milk testing sensors that present real-time data while a cow is being milked.

With origins dating back to 1909, LIC has a long history of world-leading innovations for the dairy industry.

Today the New Zealand-based co-operative employs more than 600 permanent staff, swelling to 2000 during the peak dairy mating season. LIC also has offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Brazil.

LIC profit is returned to its farmer owners/shareholders in new solutions, research and development or dividends. More information: www.lic.co.nz


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