CRV Ambreed, the Hamilton-based herd improvement company, has expanded its animal breeding team with the appointments of two top analysts.
Simon McLachlan is the company’s new animal co-ordinator and Erin O’Connor the new breeding programme analyst.
The company’s breeding programme manager, Aaron Parker, said the new staff join his team’s very experienced sire analysts, Georgie Smith and Mel Stevens.
“The success of CRV Ambreed is reliant on building and maintaining great relationships with breeders. Both Simon and Erin are looking forward to getting out and meeting key farmers around the country.
“Add to these great farmer relationships, our team’s depth of knowledge and experience and this all combines to make us very confident we’ll achieve the end result we’re after. That is, we aim to produce the country’s best young bull team and New Zealand’s top bull in four years’ time,” Aaron explained.
McLachlan’s key responsibility is coordinating the company’s progeny testing programme.
“I’ll be working closely with our 150 progeny testing herds throughout the country. My analytical background and training will allow me to put those skills to work as we analyse the physical characteristics and herd test data of daughters born to our young bulls within our progeny testing programme. A key part of my role is ensuring the genetics within our progeny testing programme are well-distributed right throughout the country.”
Previously he was involved with the establishment and implementation of a breeding programme for milking sheep as part of his role in setting up a dairy sheep breeding programme and database for Blue River Dairy LP in Invercargill.
O’Connor said she had the exciting role of identifying elite cows throughout New Zealand and working with breeders to bring them into CRV Ambreed “so we can get great sires from them to slot into our progeny testing programme”.
She will also be analysing the company’s sire breeding values ‘to determine which bulls become part of our sire marketing team.”
Previously she was Farm Information Manager with Van Diemen’s Land Company in Tasmania – a corporate farming company with 25 dairy farms, running 30,000 stock.