Shelley joined CRV, after 20 years working in the veterinary industry, starting her career at Northern Waikato Veterinary Services then later joining Anexa Vets managing Anexa Huntly and Te Kauwhata branches.
While farmers assess their costs and look to make savings, Shelley says herd testing can really pay dividends when times are tight.
Herd testing can help farmers work out which cows are contributing to their bottom line and the ones that are costing them money, says Shelley.
“Sound information is critical now and investing in that knowledge is vital for making the right financial decisions, especially in these tight times. There could be more than 150kgMS between your best performing cows and your lowest performing ones.
“While it can be tempting to cut back on costs by not herd testing, you are essentially flying blind without it. I would encourage farmers to keep herd testing to make sure they are making informed decisions and investing in cows that will deliver the best returns.”
For individual cows, herd testing can recognise low and high producers, identify mastitis risk as well as confirm pregnancy status, disease status and provide milk urea breeding values, says Shelley.
“Ultimately, it’s the information farmers need to breed from the right cows to maintain a more efficient and profitable herd and get a clear picture of each individual cow’s performance.”
Shelley’s passion for animal health and the New Zealand dairy industry has come full circle in her new role at CRV.
“In my time with Anexa I have come to know the dairy industry inside out and it’s an industry I am passionate about,” says Shelley.