Keep up-to-date with the latest news from us and our farmers.

Reproductive performance on the up and up

The highest 6-week in-calf rate and lowest not-in-calf rate on record for NZ herds was reported by LIC in April 2024. This is excellent news for farmers, as herds are more favourably placed for ongoing reproductive success next season, with cows calving earlier, more early season days-in-milk and greater opportunity to improve herd quality through culling options this autumn.

Simon Worth - LIC Bull Acquisition Manager (2015)

Confirmation of the importance of conformation

It’s essential LIC customers get access to the most elite dairy bloodlines – genetics that deliver genetic gain on-farm while resulting in easy-care cows that last within the herd.

SLICK cows at LIC's Innovation Farm

SLICK: developing heat tolerant dairy animals

Despite the last year not providing the heat waves we have come to know, it
is expected that in time temperatures will rise. This will have an affect on dairy cattle performance and heat stress.

From the breeding desk

One of the highlights of the year for LIC’s breeding team is the recent rounds of on-farm inspections of potential bull dams throughout New Zealand. Read more about the trends Livestock Selection team is seeing coming through for the upcoming crop of bulls.

Australian dairy farmer Simon Scott has never strayed from LIC genetics

During reinvention, some things never change

During a time of huge change and reinvention on Simon Scott’s farm in south-west Victoria, one thing has remained steady – Simon has never strayed from LIC genetics.

There’s no ‘I’ in team

Herd Improvement Analyst Jayden Calder discusses the benefit of genomics when making breeding selections and the role of bull teams to help fulfil herd improvement goals.

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