I started writing about the case for smarter tech in cattle and sheep breeding programmes a while ago, and quickly realised there was more than would fit in a single blog post. In my previous post I described how technology can help us increase the pace of genetic progress, by: Measuring what we can’t easily […]
My first job in livestock performance recording was with the Genetics Section, as it was called, at Ruakura Research Centre in New Zealand. I worked part time while studying at university, transferring research trial data off the government mainframe on reel-to-reel tape, and writing inbreeding coefficient calculation software. The genetics section was based in an […]
Amidst the general concern for New Zealand dairy farmers and their short term prospects, there is a good news story circulating which could increase their income from calves by up to $70/head.