Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited is one of the world’s leading dairy herd improvement companies and operates at the leading edge of genetic and reproductive technologies and information collection and management systems.
These technologies combine to provide dairy farmers with a range of products and services through which they can achieve continuing production gains to increase their profitability and their wealth.
At the heart of Livestock Improvement is its Database of dairy genetics. This contains a wealth of animal information provided over many years from its own commercial activities as well as data accumulated under the Herd Testing Regulations. The Livestock Improvement Database is widely regarded as an invaluable resource for the dairy industry.
The Co-operative has been involved in the development of advanced reproductive technologies and proven genetic merit for nearly 100 years and brings together most of the work carried out in this field and the breakthroughs made during that period.
Livestock Improvement’s main product categories are Artificial Breeding, Herd Testing and the MINDA animal recording system. Each of those product categories has its own range of products and services for dairy farmers.
Last season the Co-operative achieved a landmark 3.3 million inseminations which represents 80 percent of the national herd and confirms Livestock Improvement’s essential role in contributing to the future profitability of dairy farming in New Zealand.
In recent years the Co-operative has begun to expand its potential sources of revenue into the international market and now has direct representation in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Livestock Improvement’s financial profile and its historical contribution to the development of genetic improvement are outlined in the following pages.