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19 Dec 2014 Hot, hairy bull enables major scientific discoveries
A gene discovery is set to pave the way for LIC to begin breeding dairy cattle that can maintain high milk production in tropical conditions.
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19 Dec 2014 LIC announces joint venture with Brazilian distributor
Brazil is the fifth largest dairy industry in the world, with more than 23 million dairy cows. Huge growth is expected over the next 10 years and this presents a significant opportunity for LIC, and its shareholders.
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19 Dec 2014 Elite young sires emerging
Newest proven LIC genetics hit the latest RAS list in big numbers... names like Beamer, Buster, Tommo and Riley look set to become mainstays in future farm mating plans.
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17 Dec 2014 Getting through summer conditions on farm
Darren Sutton, Waikato FarmWise consultant, offers a run-down of how to get through summer on farm.
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15 Dec 2014 Leading farm automation businesses to merge
LIC-owned Protrack will transfer into LIC-owned subsidiary Dairy Automation Limited (DAL) in 2015.
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05 Dec 2014 STATISTICS CONFIRM BEST DAIRY SEASON ON RECORD
The national herd grew by 138,600 cows (2.9%) and production from each cow was up 7.2%. Genetic merit also improved, with the average cow’s breeding worth (BW) and production worth (PW) increasing 14% and 10% respectively.
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27 Nov 2014 All I want for Christmas is more AB
A new AB dispatch record has been set this season with LIC sending out 142,006 from its Newstead laboratory in one day. More than five million straws will be processed by Christmas Eve, when the peak time usually ends, but it appears this season farmers want even more.
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25 Nov 2014 LIC and farm financial management software company Figured partner up
The leading position LIC occupies in herd improvement is being combined with the expertise provided Figured, a cloud-based farm accounting software company.
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24 Nov 2014 LIC annual art competition: 2014
Winners have been selected in the LIC art competition for kids. This year the standard of entries was higher than ever. Find out who won, who placed, and who was highly-commended.
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19 Nov 2014 Maximise pasture management, maximise money
A silver-lining from the low payout will perhaps result in a greater focus on getting the basics of pasture management right... in light of the forecast payout, an ability to convert the simple elements of water, nutrients and sunlight into milk, as the cheapest form of feed, will maximise profits.
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05 Nov 2014 2014 annual meeting results

23 Oct 2014 Short gestation genetics breakthrough
Two hereford calves born recently on a South Canterbury farm might hold the key to increasing the number of milking days for New Zealand dairy cows.
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22 Oct 2014 New director appointed to LIC board
LIC has appointed Abigail (Abby) Foote as an independent director to its board, effective immediately.
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06 Oct 2014 Food, colours, top calf names for 2014
Get in quick! Entries into the annual LIC art competition for rural kids close on 20 October.
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25 Sep 2014 Notice of annual meeting
LIC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 22 October: 10.30am at Kingsgate Hotel, 100 Garnett Avenue, Hamilton.
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19 Sep 2014 Jersey genetics in hot demand
Terrific and Speedway are two of the top four selling bulls of all breeds at LIC, with more than 48,000 frozen straws already sold for insemination this spring. They will also produce up to 180,000 straws of fresh semen as members of Premier Sires Jersey bull teams.
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15 Sep 2014 Runnin' down the days
When entering his sixth week of calving, Corrigan Sowman was 88 percent done, having calved 720 of his 820-strong KiwiCross herd. The farm calved 120 more cows compared to the same date two years previous, and the Takaka farmer puts that directly down to use of short gestation length semen at the tail-end of mating.
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11 Sep 2014 Free software training for farmers
Brush-up on your farm software skills with free MINDA and Protrack workshops being held by LIC trainers throughout New Zealand during September and October.
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10 Sep 2014 LIC bulls dominate RAS list
LIC is seeking to have eight of the top-10 bulls on the RAS list for all three breeds - Holstein Friesian, KiwiCross, and Jersey; Holstein Friesian and KiwiCross bulls have already achieved that this year, and Jersey isn’t far behind with 9 of the top 15 bulls emerging for that breed.
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04 Sep 2014 Big job ahead for country’s top bulls
A new record of 135,000 semen straws processed in one day is expected this AB season, with up to 5 million straws to be produced in total from LIC Premier Sires bulls.
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04 Sep 2014 Don’t undervalue herd improvement in difficult times
At less than four percent of farm working expenses, the costs of breeding and herd improvement are minimal compared to feed, fertiliser, and wages... potential savings on AB are marginal at best, and while they may provide slim immediate relief, the long term cost of genetically inferior animals is huge.
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29 Aug 2014 LIC growing diagnostics service to farmers
LIC is investigating how tissue and milk samples, currently collected for parentage testing and herd tests, can be utilised for other key health analyses.
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15 Aug 2014 Living without inductions
Farmers facing life without inductions in 2015 for the first time need to start making some important decisions right now, says Joyce Voogt, dairy farmer, veterinarian and LIC reproduction solutions manager.
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14 Aug 2014 New breeding team raring to go
Livestock selection is stepping up a notch at LIC, as new roles are formed and SPS bull teams are expanded to further refine rates of genetic gain on New Zealand farms.
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24 Jul 2014 Strong farming year drives good result for LIC and its farmer owners
LIC revenue and other income for 2013/2014 was $211 million, 6% ahead of the $199 million achieved during 2012/2013. LIC net profit after tax was $18.0 million, down $5.6 million from the previous year, largely reflecting increased spend on core technology and infrastructure.
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17 Jul 2014 Winter Management after the Drought
Waikato FarmWise consultant Darren Sutton gives a rural run-down of the situation in his area
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30 Jun 2014 Money to be made from improved cow fertility
In partnership with Cognosco, LIC is visiting eight towns throughout Nelson-Marlborough to present key findings of the national herd fertility study (funded by DairyNZ), and talk with farmers about the opportunities that come from improved reproductive performance.
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27 Jun 2014 LIC sires named best of season
Congratulations to the Flemings (Otorohanga) and the Schoutens (Invercargill) for breeding two elite bulls, both of which were formally recognised with recent awards.
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06 Jun 2014 Farmers invited to talk about fertility at Fieldays
If farmers hold adequate pregnancy diagnosis information (recorded in the database), the LIC Reproduction Solutions team can take a closer look at herd information to identify opportunities for improved herd reproductive performance.
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06 Jun 2014 Technology takes hard work out of heat detection
Last season the EZ Heat system achieved 99.9% accuracy in correctly identifying a heat patch’s status.
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04 Jun 2014 LIC leadership team complete
LIC chief executive Wayne McNee confirms his senior leadership team, as the cooperative begins implementing its new strategy, Toward 2025.
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29 May 2014 Buying or Selling Stock? Remember to record the movement in MINDA!

27 May 2014 LIC focus on solutions, service at Fieldays
Emphasis on service and farm solutions set to be reflected at the LIC Fieldays site.
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26 May 2014 Dr Alison Watters makes history as first woman elected to the LIC board
Former national Sharemilker of the Year Dr Alison Watters has been elected to the board of LIC, replacing retiring director Bryan Guy of the central region.
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12 May 2014 Dairy Industry Awards 2014 - Results
Full results from the National Dairy Industry Awards, held at Sky City Hotel in Auckland on May 9.
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06 May 2014 New mobile app to record pasture covers
The MINDA Pasture app follows on from the successful launches of the MINDA Calving and MINDA Lookup apps.
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05 May 2014 Consultation on the New Zealand Dairy Herd Improvement Industry – Consideration of Restriction on Livestock Improvement Corporation
The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on:

- Whether the competitive dynamics in the relevant markets are likely to change following the transfer of the database from Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) to Dairy NZ.
- How the removal of the requirements on LIC regarding its corporate form, constitutional change and voting rights could impact on competitive conditions in the relevant markets.
- How the removal of the requirement for LIC to provide nationwide herd testing at uniform prices within regions could impact on competitive conditions in the relevant markets.
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28 Apr 2014 Top bull breeders celebrated
Farmers who have provided the dairying with some of the best genetics in the industry were celebrated at cooperative LIC recently.
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17 Apr 2014 Farmers invited to test new on-farm technologies online
Farmers are now able to have a direct influence on new MINDA developments, paving the way for innovations that should prove timely and relevant to what is happening on farm.
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11 Apr 2014 Scientists discover ‘fat gene’ in cows
A discovery, dubbed the fat gene, is one of only a few cases in which the underlying cause of differences in milk composition has been positively identified.
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03 Apr 2014 Well known and respected farmer Director announces retirement from LIC Board
Bryan Guy, Feilding dairy farmer, has announced he will not seek re-election to the LIC board and will step down as a director in May 2014.
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24 Mar 2014 End of XP - how it affects farmers
From 8 April 2014, the Windows XP operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft – which means no more software or security updates that help to protect your computer from viruses, spyware and other software which can steal personal information.
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18 Mar 2014 State of play in the Waikato
Waikato FarmWise Darren Sutton provides his observations as dairy farmers head in to autumn.
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17 Mar 2014 DNA parentage service hits millionth milestone
More farmers than ever are now taking the DNA of their cows and calves to accurately confirm parentage, with more than 1 million animals screened by the LIC GeneMark laboratory since 2001.
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27 Feb 2014 New owners and future for DAL
Dairy farmer cooperative, LIC, has purchased the assets and business of Waikato-based Dairy Automation Limited (DAL).
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25 Feb 2014 Technology paying dividends on South Island dairy farm
Protrack and an assisted heat detection system, EZ Heat, have made nine weeks of AB smooth-as for Geraldine sharemilking couple Joe and Suz Wyborn.
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12 Feb 2014 Strong half year performance for dairy farmer cooperative
LIC revenue for the six months to November 2013 was $135.2 million compared to $131.7 million for the same period in 2012.
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24 Jan 2014 Improvement in cow fertility
New Zealand dairy farmers are successfully bucking a long-term trend in declining dairy cow fertility, according to new industry data.
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06 Jan 2014 Selling or buying animals?
Whether buying or selling animals, here are three simple steps to be compliant with NAIT animal movement regulations...
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23 Dec 2013 The new-look Discovery Project is up and running
A pilot embryo transfer programme, for 32 elite Holstein Friesian heifers, was set up in July 2013. More than 400 embryos for implant was the result, the offspring of which are expected to have huge appeal next year!
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19 Dec 2013 Scientists discover one cause of loss of calves through pregnancy
A recessive genetic variation in dairy animals that affects fertility and calf survival has been discovered by LIC scientists, which is the first step toward the gene being managed out of the national dairy herd.
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