Super studs celebrated
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org