Experts from Brazil, India and the US have been putting the team at CRV’s new sexed semen lab through rigorous training over the last 18 months as they prepare to deliver high quality sexed semen to dairy farmers this coming mating.
CRV has collaborated with Genus IntelliGen® Technologies to bring proven innovative sexed semen technology to New Zealand. The technology is housed within a purpose-built laboratory at CRV’s Bellevue production and logistics facility in the Waikato.
Commissioned in February 2022, the new facility will provide CRV with the capacity to produce sexed semen on a daily basis and therefore tripling its own production capacity, as more dairy farmers look to accelerate the genetic gains and reduce bobby calf numbers.
The new facility 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.
Genus Laboratory Manager Amanda Nonato from Brazil spent 6 months in New Zealand facilitating the training. She says after rigorous and intensive training, the lab is now well resourced with more than 8 New Zealand technicians qualified in the intricate sexed semen production process.
“Our team here in New Zealand is employed by Genus to process semen from a selection of CRV’s best New Zealand bulls.