BULLETIN 176 SPRING - ARTICLES

Ayrshire Young Breeders Seminar

On the morning of the 23rd of April 2021, I raced to get the farm’s undersowing finished for the month so I could travel to the mighty Taranaki region, to attend the three day Ayrshire Youth Seminar which I was kindly sponsored to attend by Jersey NZ Youth Council. As a new young breeder of Ayrshires myself, I knew this …

Industry Farewell to Brian Wickham

My name is Dorian Garrick and I have taken over Brian Wickham’s technical roles in NZAEL in a part-time position. A lot has happened since the then NZAEL Manager Brian Wickham sent the last stakeholder update. On a sad note, Brian was diagnosed in late May-early June with stage 4 cancer and curative treatment was ruled out. Understandably, he resigned …

Reproduction, High Production and the R.E.D cow

R.E.D. Cows can actually be any colour. For as long as I can remember, farmers and my veterinary colleagues have always considered high producing cows to be more difficult to get in calf, which has translated into high production equals poorer reproduction. Is this really true? Actually, on average, within any farm system worldwide, the highest producing herds have better …

Rogers Ramblings – Spring 2021

In this article I would like to continue with the discussion around genetic gain. It is exciting times for our breed at present with the introduction of sexed semen. Just imagine if we could keep most of our replacement heifers out of the top half of ourherds. I would encourage our breeders to use some sexed semen. If there is …

Daniel & Rachel Simons

Daniel and Rachel Simons have been farming for eleven years and just three years ago bought their first Ayrshires. In that time, they have built up the numbers impressively, with a definite goal in mind. Daniel’s parents were farmers until he was about three years old, when they packed the family into a house-bus and travelled around the North Island …