LIC’s future, and that of our farmers, is reliant on a healthy, resilient environment. We live and play in our communities and want to see clean, safe and healthy spaces. Our farms need clean water for animals and quality milk production, healthy paddocks to grow quality grass, efficient animals and good animal husbandry practices. We’re committed to protecting our environment and delivering products and services that can enable our farmers to do the same.
One of the primary ways we help assist our farmers reduce their environmental footprint is breeding high genetic merit bulls for artificial breeding, supporting farmers to accelerate their herds genetic gain.
High BW (Breeding Worth) animals are more environmentally efficient than lower genetic merit animals as they partition more of their feed eaten into milk solids production, and less into waste. This means more nitrogen is being converted into protein in cow’s milk rather than being excreted as urine or faeces.
Other initiatives we’re working on and delivering to help farmers reduce their environmental impact on farm and improve productivity in a sustainable way, include our Resilient Dairy research programme, our young bull methane research project and our HoofPrint® and BeefPrint® indexes.