Herd repro targeted at seminar

Northland dairy farmers Ashley and Karen Cullen will share how they improved their herd’s reproductive performance at a DairyNZ seminar near Whangarei on June 18.

The event, called Repro Rock, is part of DairyNZ’s focus on helping farmers improve their herd reproductive performance in Northland.

DairyNZ Northland regional leader Tafi Manjala says focussing on improving herd reproductive performance is well worth the time.

“Ashley and Karen are a great example of what is possible,” says Tafi. “They gained an estimated $50,000 in operating profit by improving their herd’s reproductive performance and they are keen to share their experience with other farmers at the Repro Rock seminar.”

Tafi says the best indicator of overall herd reproductive performance is the six-week in-calf rate.

“The industry target is 78 percent however data from the last New Zealand Dairy Statistics shows the six-week in-calf rate is currently at around 63 percent in Northland,” says Tafi. “LIC will present more data specific to Northland herd’s performance. Come and hear how your herd compares.”

“If Northland farmers achieve the industry target six-week in-calf rate and empty rate, this is worth up to $60,000 per farm business.

“For dairy farmers better results mean more cows in-calf early, more days in milk, more replacement AB heifers and streamlined calf rearing. This is the basis of genetic gain and herd improvement.”

As well as Ashley and Karen, industry experts will be presenting at the event and be on-hand to answer questions.

Meanwhile, $7000 in prizes will be awarded to the best and most improved herd performances of the farms that entered the ReproRock challenge.

The ReproRock event is at the Fonterra conference room from 10.30-1.40pm 259 Jordan Valley Road, Hikurangi.

For details visit www.dairynz.co.nz/events.

Media Contact:
Hayley Gavan
DairyNZ communications and marketing advisor
021 703 068