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15 Jun 2015 Darren Sutton - winter management strategies during a low payout year
Darren Sutton, Waikato FarmWise consultant, offers an overview of how to get through winter and beyond in the low payout climate.
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12 Jun 2015 New partnership to provide enhanced pasture management for farmers
Farmer-owned co-operative LIC has entered into a partnership with Precision Farming Ltd, supplier of GIS-based systems that manage the application of farm nutrients to optimise pasture growth including fertiliser and effluent.
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11 Jun 2015 Base cow update now scheduled for June 2016
NZAEL have delayed the genetic-base-cow update by 12 months. The update is now scheduled to occur in June 2016. Click here for more information.
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10 Jun 2015 New app to keep cow health in-check
A new one-stop-shop for LIC apps is now available which includes a health feature, alongside other handy features like the cow record look-up database, a tool for recording of calving and mating events, and a tool for getting pasture information.
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02 Jun 2015 Improvement focus for farmer co-op at Fieldays
An automated heat detection system for herringbone sheds, a smartphone app to record and review health treatments, intended bull teams for the 2015/2016 season, online tools to improve herd reproduction, and latest developments in short gestation genetics are among LIC features between its two Fielday sites at Mystery Creek this year.
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02 Jun 2015 Fieldays preview: Heat detection for herringbone sheds
LIC’s exclusive new camera system for herringbone sheds includes a unique in-race photo booth that cows walk through as they exit the milking shed.
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26 May 2015 Livestock Improvement Corporation 2015 Governance and Representation Election Results
At the close of a postal ballot (4pm Friday 15 May 2015) the following candidates for Directors, Shareholder Councillors and Shareholder Honoraria Committee were elected.
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25 May 2015 SIDE 2015 - don’t miss New Zealand’s premier dairy conference!
For inspiration, motivation, and new knowledge, SIDE 2015 is a must-see conference. June 22 to June 24, Lincoln University, Canterbury.
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05 May 2015 Toward 2025 - Strategy and Technology Roadshow from June 22
The Board wants to understand your views as we consider LIC’s implementation of its strategy over the next few years.
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04 May 2015 Minister opens ‘world-leading’ herd test facility in Hamilton
The new $5 million facility at the Riverlea site includes a laboratory which processes 10 million milk samples each year, alongside the analysis of 750,000 tissue and milk samples.
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20 Apr 2015 Recovering from the drought - by Waikato FarmWise consultant Darren Sutton
The drought has gradually broken across most parts of the Waikato, but what is important now is to ensure minimal impact on future seasons, says Waikato FarmWise consultant Darren Sutton.
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20 Apr 2015 Mint bull to go down in history on Hall of Fame
It has taken five years, and is perhaps the pinnacle of dairy breeding in New Zealand, but a new bull finally stamped his mark in the LIC Hall of Fame recently.
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20 Apr 2015 Country’s top bull breeders celebrated
The following breeders were recognised at LIC’s Breeders’ Day event in Hamilton, Tuesday 14 April 2015...
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17 Apr 2015 Upcoming DairyNZ user group meetings
Discussion groups aimed to keep farmers and breeders up to date on the latest Animal Evaluation developments, and well as promoting farmer discussion on topical issues.
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17 Apr 2015 LIC and Lely combine sensor technology resources
Lely Group in the Netherlands and New Zealand-based Livestock Improvement Corporation (NZX: LIC) have entered into a new partnership aimed at accelerating developments in sensor technology and increasing utilisation on farms worldwide.
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17 Apr 2015 Paul Whiston appointed CEO of LIC Automation
LIC has appointed Paul Whiston as chief executive of its new subsidiary business, LIC Automation.
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07 Apr 2015 Farm technology among Hi-Tech Award finalists
LIC owned company Dairy Automation Ltd is a finalist in two categories of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards.
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30 Mar 2015 LIC proud to support St Peter’s Demonstration Farm
LIC is proud to be confirmed a key partner of the St Peter’s Demonstration Farm and welcomes all farmers to attend farm’s first focus day on 2 April.

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13 Mar 2015 BCS, OAD, dry-off, and feed budgets.
Waikato FarmWise consultant Darren Sutton shares his observations and recommendations as farmers turn their attention to body condition scores, OAD, dry-off plans, and feed budgets
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10 Mar 2015 Housing cows not the only way to increase production
There is no one size fits all for farming in New Zealand, but one thing is certain: Profitability is king, and efficiency is the best way to improve profit. It also helps reduce the impact on the environment.
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23 Feb 2015 Dry Summer Management - by Darren Sutton, Waikato FarmWise consultant
Ideally the best time to move to OAD is before a feeding pinch as cows can drop further than the typical 10% when done in December or early January.... feeding levels should not be dropped when going onto OAD, but should actually be lifted for the first week to reduce the production drop. - FarmWise consultant Darren Sutton dispenses timely advice.
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16 Feb 2015 Economic value update and liveweight changes: February 14-16
Changes to liveweight breeding values, breeding worth (BW), production worth (PW) and lactation worth (LW) have been implemented following the animal evaluation update on 14 February 2015. Read the latest news from DairyNZ and how these changes will affect your herd.
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12 Feb 2015 Half year performance better than expected for farmer co-op
In the six months to 30 November 2014, LIC achieved revenue of $159 million, 17.7% higher than the same period last year.
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11 Feb 2015 LIC team to visit Southland farms
More than 140 LIC staff, most of them Farm Solutions Managers from around the country, will descend on Southland next week, as the farmer-owned cooperative holds its annual sales conference in one of the dairying strongholds of New Zealand.
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10 Feb 2015 LIC forms strategic partnership with SCR world-leading cow intelligence provider
LIC and SCR have identified four initial markets for distribution of the DAL meters, with the potential to add more in the future. SCR flagship product Heatime will be available to all New Zealand dairy farmers through Protrack systems.
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02 Feb 2015 Howies Checkpoint
The contribution of Howies Checkpoint to the New Zealand dairy industry is acknowledged by LIC chief executive Wayne McNee.
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29 Jan 2015 Keep on the ball, and talk-talk-talk
Waikato FarmWise consultant James Thomas says the dry weather is not permanent - it is more a question of when, not if, the rain will come. But in the meantime there are actions to take that will help remedy the tough conditions on farm.
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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 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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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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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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