When Reuben and Deb Connolly started dairy farming 5 years ago in Cambridge and now on their 110ha Otorohanga property, they started with a lot of unknowns. Literally.
The herd they bought was the best they could afford at the time. It had an average genetic background and they aimed to build up the family lines.
But it was the lack of accurate records, including ancestry, herd testing and health that would create the biggest challenge for the Connollys. How can you improve on something you don’t know?
For Reuben and Deb this became their No 1 priority on their herd improvement programme as Deb explains.