CRV today officially opened its new sexed semen processing facility at its Bellevue production and logistics facility in the Waikato. It is equipped with IntelliGen® Technology, the only commercial laser-ablation¹ semen sexing technology available in key global markets. This cutting-edge technology has successfully inseminated millions of cattle around the world.
CRV Managing Director James Smallwood says IntelliGen Technology’s process for developing sexed bovine genetics is gentler on the sperm cells than traditional sexed semen processes.
“This cutting-edge technology does not subject semen cells to the high pressures, electric currents and shear forces that are used in the traditional sexed semen technology, which reduces stress on the cells as they are processed.
“The innovative technology we’ll be using at Bellevue means we can provide farmers with a high-quality sexed product to help them maximise their profitability and achieve genetic gains faster and in a more efficient way.”
The new facility will enable CRV to meet the growing demand from New Zealand farmers and overseas markets for its sexed semen, which has tripled since last season.
The rise in demand is a result of dairy farmers looking to accelerate their herds’ genetic gain and reduce bobby calf numbers, which is an increasingly important factor as they consider animal welfare.
Smallwood says dairy farmers need tailored genetic solutions to unlock the potential of their farm business and maximise profitability.
“We call it ‘precision breeding’. This approach means we are helping farmers select the right mix of sexed semen, conventional semen and dairy beef sires to breed better replacements, higher value dairy beef calves and reduce the number of bobby calves.