The award recognises Dirk’s commitment, competency and excellent cow return rates, meaning his success at ensuring cows are in calf.
Dirk says before he and Mieke moved to New Zealand, they used to travel from Holland every October (starting in 2008) to work for CRV during the New Zealand AB season, which back then typically lasted six to eight weeks.
Artificial breeding or artificial insemination in cattle is the process by which semen is collected from a bull, stored in a straw and used by the AB technician to inseminate cows. The AB technician visits the farm every day, normally between October and November. However, Dirk says the seasons are getting longer, lasting 9-12 weeks as fewer farmers use bulls in the paddock on their herds.
“This year we are already so busy because the overseas AB technicians who may have flown into New Zealand to work during the season cannot travel because of border restrictions linked to Covid-19,” says Dirk.
Dirk first trained with CRV’s predecessor company in Holland as a 21-year-old.