From the start of April until late June there’s a lot of activity on the farm with our focus on getting the cows back in calf. The first five weeks is spent on AI (artificial insemination). We bring a specialist AI technician (Mark) on board to help us with this. We identify the cows that are on heat and present them to Mark who serves them.
The second five weeks is letting nature take its course with natural services from a team of 30 bulls, who not surprisingly take quite a lot of management.
We are constantly trying to improve the genetic merit of the herd and therefore select semen from New Zealand bulls that fit well within our system. Our aim is to maximise the milk solids (butterfat and protein) production whilst ensuring we have a fertile cow which is healthy and can manage the long distances the cows walk at Sansaw.