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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 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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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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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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25 Jul 2013 Strong year for farmer cooperative with growth in demand for on-farm productivity services
LIC will pay a record dividend of $16.75 million, representing 80% of underlying earnings, to its Cooperative and Investment Shareholders. This contrasts with the dividend paid in 2012 of $11.99 million, and $13.6 million in 2011.
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25 Jul 2013 6 week challenge set to deliver real benefits on-farm
The 6 week challenge highlights opportunities and areas of impact for each season, including heifer rearing; body condition and nutrition; heat detection; and bull management. Effective management of these areas will set the cow up and give her the best possible chance of getting in-calf quicker.
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24 Jul 2013 18 free motorbikes make 18 happy farmers
A new motorbike for the new season can be ticked off the wishlist for 18 dairy farmers who were recently named winners in LIC’s joint promotion with Allfex tags.
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17 Jul 2013 Small Calf Syndrome (SCS) Report

09 Jul 2013 More mobile apps to make farming easier
Farmers can’t get enough of them and LIC is keen to deliver, as the co-op makes plans to launch more smartphone apps.
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05 Jun 2013 Eric Jacomb - A day in the life of Canterbury's FarmWise consultant

05 Jun 2013 Jon Nicholls - Liveweight data - young stock average growth rates by region

05 Jun 2013 Jon Nicholls - Attend to the basics of good record keeping

05 Jun 2013 Paul Exton - Using the index to compare OAD cows to TAD cows

04 Jun 2013 Cow fertility proves popular with farmers
Hundreds of dairy farmers attended events in the South Island last month to learn more about how they could make more money from the same sized herd - and now it’s North Island farmers’ turn.
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29 May 2013 Talk with LIC at the Fieldays
Fieldays, for LIC, is about getting our key staff together from all over the country, under one roof, and being available to chat with farmers about the challenges they’re currently facing.
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26 May 2013 List of LIC bulls confirmed as carriers of the Small Calf Syndrome
Over the last 2-3 weeks since the discovery of the Small Calf Syndrome, LIC has been analysing the genotypes of bulls in our genomic dataset.
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20 May 2013 Pendulum to swing back to Jerseys?
The promise of an explosion of elite genetics in Jersey bull calves signals a massive step in the right direction for the breed, says LIC jersey bull acquisition manager Malcolm Ellis. Hear more of what Malcolm has to say at the National Fieldays.
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20 May 2013 Calving app now in farmers' hands... just in time for calving!
A MINDA Calving app has been developed by farmer-owned cooperative LIC for Android and Apple’s iOS smartphones, giving farmers the ability to view and update details from anywhere.
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01 May 2013 LIC discovers small calf gene. Includes information pack.
Use of DNA sequence technology by farmer cooperative Livestock Improvement (LIC) has led to the discovery of a recessive small calf gene, and CRV Ambreed CEO Angus Haslett confirms the discovery is important for the entire dairy industry.
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29 Apr 2013 Wayne McNee appointed CEO of Livestock Improvement
Wayne McNee, currently the Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), has been appointed Chief Executive of dairy farmer cooperative Livestock Improvement (LIC).
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18 Apr 2013 South Island Roadshow: Same herd, more profit
LIC and Cognosco are visiting towns in Southland, Otago, Canterbury and West Coast to talk with farmers about how they could make more money out of every cow in their herd from improved reproductive performance. RSVP to communications@lic.co.nz.

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17 Apr 2013 Farmers turn out in Stratford, New Plymouth, and Palmerston North
Farmers have turned out in numbers to be taken behind the scenes and learn what their cooperative, LIC, is doing in relation to genetics.
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