Better Cows - myDNA

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Lawrence Family

By using DNA to identify the unique make-up of a dairy cow farmers can improve their herds by making more informed breeding decisions.

Using DNA to identify the unique make-up of a dairy cow will become an increasingly powerful tool for dairy farmers as they look to fast-track the genetic gain of their herds.

Farmers can also improve their results by using genomics to select better animals in their herd and by using technology to make more informed breeding decisions.

Join host Anne-Marie Case Miller as she chats to CRV myDNA product manager Anna Morrow and Hawera dairy farmer Hayden Lawrence.

Lawrence Family

Hayden Lawrence, dairy farmer Taranaki

Hayden and his wife Alecia milk 400 predominantly Friesian cows in South Taranaki on 177 ha (153 ha effective). They split calve 70% in the Spring and 30% in the Autumn, producing around 550 kgMS per cow.

Hayden’s parents started farming the land in 1982 when it was a smaller 60 ha block. Fourteen years ago, Hayden and Alecia became equity partners in the business. The family have always been CRV customers but started using DNA testing four years ago, which continues to deliver real benefits to their business.

Anna Morrow

Anna Morrow – CRV myDNA product manager

The practical application of genetics and its potential to solve problems is what encouraged Anna to switch from neuroscience to genetics at the University of Otago.

Anna has a unique blend of on-farm experience and knowledge of the complex world of genetics.

She grew up on a farm in Gordonton, near Hamilton, and has worked as a relief milker. After university she worked as an embryologist where she created embryos to help create the top bulls of the future. She then started at CRV in 2021 coordinating the delivery of the myDNA before being promoted to manager.

Anne-Marie Case-Miller

Anne-Marie Case-Miller

Anne-Marie grew up on small-herd dairy farms in Hungahunga and Motumaoho owned by her parents – farming is in her DNA.

She spent many years as a broadcast journalist and is widely recognised for her extensive experience as an MC across entertainment, corporate and charity sectors.

Anne-Marie remains involved with agricultural journalism through roles within the dairy industry, is a member of Waikato Rugby Union Centenary Committee and a board member of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators.

Anne-Marie and her husband Justin have three energetic teenagers, two mad cats and a chihuahua x labrador dog called Bob. An active relaxer, Anne-Marie enjoys exercise and catching up with friends and family in her spare time.