One of the largest dairy farmer cooperatives in the world is welcoming news that cow and herd numbers in New Zealand are reducing without a corresponding impact on production. The insight is provided in the latest New Zealand Dairy Statistics for the 2016-2017 season.
General Manager of World Wide Sires New Zealand, Hank Lina, said this is a trend which is evident around the world and is a call to action for Kiwi farmers.
“The traditional New Zealand breeding strategy, focused on genetic gain, has worked well until now but farmers need to question whether a system which, over several decades, has delivered average per cow production of only 381 kg milk solids is enough to sustain their businesses into the future.
“BW is a great ranking tool but, as farmers know, it doesn’t always translate to milk. We are finding more and more farmers are coming to World Wide Sires wanting genetics which are high producing, fertile and which last for years in the herd.
“World Wide Sires has been in New Zealand for more than 30 years and our genetics perform across all farming systems. It’s not uncommon for system 2 and 3 farmers to be achieving 500 kg ms per cow. That’s an additional 119 kg ms per cow which, across the average herd of 414 cows at a payout of $6 per kg ms translates to an additional $300,000 of income! How many farmers can afford not to take the step to breeding this level of prosperity and sustainability into their farming business?”
Hank Lina said that is “the potential we are offering farmers and more and more are taking it up. In the last year alone sales have increased by 43% and we are getting steady and increasing growth in enquiry from new clients all wanting the same thing – cows that milk and get in calf, from a company which provides personal on-farm service.”