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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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06 Dec 2013 Statistics reinforce resilience of dairy farmers
Despite a severe drought that resulted in a shorter milking season for many of New Zealand’s dairy farmers, milk production only decreased by 1.6% during the 2012/2013 season.
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29 Nov 2013 New tool makes farm records more mobile
LIC has launched a new smartphone app which allows farmers to access their herd records from their mobile device.
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11 Nov 2013 Kids win in rural art competition
Three calves named Allissa, Bella and Woc are in for a treat after their owners were announced as winners in LIC’s art competition for rural children last week.
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24 Oct 2013 Minister visits LIC
Primary Industries minister Hon Nathan Guy speaks to LIC shareholders on the eve of the annual meeting of the cooperative in Hamilton
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24 Oct 2013 LIC Shareholder certificate of returning officer
Voting results, annual meeting 23 October, LIC shareholder certificate of returning officer
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23 Oct 2013 LIC chairman Murray King presents his 2012/2013 report
LIC chairman Murray King presents his 2012/2013 report to attending shareholders at the 12th annual cooperative meeting on 23 October.
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23 Oct 2013 LIC CEO Wayne McNee addresses shareholders at the annual meeting on 23 October
The CEO report focuses on latest financial results, some of the key operational performance challenges and opportunities (with a particular emphasis this year on genetics) and concludes with an overview of LIC’s strategy.
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23 Oct 2013 Jenny Morrison, LIC Shareholder Council chair, presents her 2013 annual report
Jenny Morrison, LIC Shareholder Council chair, presents her 2013 report
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18 Oct 2013 Microsoft discontinue support for Windows XP
From 8 April 2014, the Windows XP operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft.
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16 Oct 2013 Spy cow tweeting from the farm
Spy cow, on Twitter, is on a mission to report progress from her farm using a range of farm technology and sensors that record everything she does in a day.
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04 Oct 2013 Recent reproductive trends
What has been happening with users of the Fertility Focus Reports, and is progress being made with their 6 week in calf rates...
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20 Sep 2013 New animal evaluation improves reliability of LIC genomic bulls
LIC scientists have been involved in multi-million dollar research to improve the accuracy of prediction for genomically selected dairy sires, and a new system, to be released on September 21, is set to be a significant improvement on its predecessor.
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19 Sep 2013 Free software training for farmers - coming to an area near you!
Open the door to improved cow conception rates, and better pasture management, by attending free software training during September and October. Includes dates and venues.
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17 Sep 2013 KiwiCross™ to champion at Group Day events
LIC is extending its annual Calf Club sponsorship to include a KiwiCross™ champion cup for Group Day events.
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09 Sep 2013 Terms agreed for dairy industry-good animal database
DairyNZ and LIC have signed a formal agreement setting out the terms of the transfer of the Core Database from LIC and the licensing of LIC’s Intellectual Property to DairyNZ to enable DairyNZ to operate and develop the New Zealand Animal Evaluation system.
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09 Sep 2013 Calf named Boots kicks off children’s art competition
The annual art competition encourages children rearing calves for Calf Club to create hand-made pictures of their pets and enter to win prizes.
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03 Sep 2013 NEW LOOK FOR LLL STRAWS – one colour all breeds
At LIC we always aim to achieve the optimum Non Return Rate for our farmers, and adding no colour has proven to make a slight improvement to this key area of mating performance.
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26 Aug 2013 New Online learning for farmers
LIC launches remote learning centre, meaning farm staff can brush up on their MINDA and Protrack skills online.
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26 Aug 2013 Training proves popular with farmers
More than 3000 farmers have taken part in courses provided by LIC during the last year.
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15 Aug 2013 Help at-hand for Calf Club
Check out the dedicated LIC Calf Club webpages for hot tips in the lead-up to spring Calf Club competitions.
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01 Aug 2013 Mating “100 times easier” with farm automation
Investment in the latest farm automation technology is already paying off for a Waikato farmer Reece Croasdale, who recently experienced smooth sailing through his winter mating period.
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