Su­per studs cel­e­brated

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Farmer co­op­er­a­tive Live­stock Im­prove­ment Cor­po­ra­tion wants to con­tact farm­ers who were ac­tively in­volved in the early days of ar­ti­fi­cial breed­ing or sire prov­ing.

The New Zealand dairy in­dus­try has one of the most ef­fec­tive ways of prov­ing dairy sires in the world – it’s called the LIC Sire Prov­ing Scheme and it cel­e­brates 50 years in June this year.

The males be­hind some of the best fe­males in the world will come in for a bit of spe­cial at­ten­tion this year.

It’s 50 years since a scheme be­gan to se­lect and prove elite dairy bulls that would go on to sire cows which were more pro­duc­tive, gen­er­a­tion by gen­er­a­tion.

That this was achieved is ev­i­dent in the ge­netic gain Kiwi farm­ers en­joy to­day – far greater than their coun­ter­parts.

The dairy in­dus­try’s Sire Prov­ing Scheme be­gan in 1960 and 50 years on the cor­po­ra­tion is cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments and the peo­ple be­hind them – New Zealand dairy farm­ers.

Fifty years of Sire Prov­ing will be cel­e­brated at 2011 Fiel­d­ays and the pub­li­ca­tion of a com­mem­o­ra­tive book.

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Live­stock Im­prove­ment Cor­po­ra­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Clare Bayly said the book was be­ing de­vel­oped now and the farmer co­op­er­a­tive wanted to in­clude the mem­o­ries of farm­ers who were in­volved in the early days of ar­ti­fi­cial breed­ing and sire prov­ing. ‘‘Many of the farm­ers from the 1950s and 1960s may no longer be ac­tively in­volved on the farm but their mem­o­ries will be ‘gold’ and we want to en­sure those rec­ol­lec­tions and pho­to­graphs (where pos­si­ble) are in­cluded in the book,’’ she said.

Ms Bayly is ask­ing farm­ers who ei­ther re­call the chal­lenges of the pre-ar­ti­fi­cial breed­ing days when bulls were re­spon­si­ble for gen­er­at­ing the fol­low­ing year’s in­come, or who were mem­bers of the Sire Prov­ing Scheme to con­tact her on 0800 651 156 or cbayly@lic.co.nz

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