A proposal to develop a single analysis breeding index for New Zealand which was launched by business organisation, DairyNZ, has been criticised by a significant co-op.

The Livestock Enchancment Company (LIC) – an agri-tech and herd enchancment co-op – claims there may be “there’s an absence of proof” to help the proposal.

DairyNZ, via New Zealand Animal Analysis Restricted (NZAEL) desires to enhance breeding value by creating one animal analysis index to “guarantee” dairy farmers “stay internationally aggressive”.

Their proposal outlined that “higher herds imply higher farm efficiency and better income for farmers”.

“In New Zealand, sluggish uptake of genomic choice and younger sires has meant that our herds have lagged behind our worldwide rivals during the last ten years,” the report acknowledged.

LIC responds to proposal

DairyNZ stated the unified system would enhance knowledge high quality and entry nevertheless LIC has acknowledged that they “don’t endorse the proposal that has been urged.”

In a letter to LIC shareholders, chief government David Chin, stated that LIC agrees with the precept for a single index, however doesn’t agree with the worth it might unlock for New Zealand dairy farmers.

Chin stated:”There’s an absence of proof that there will likely be worth returned to the business from the mannequin.

“Lengthy-term customers of LIC genetics have virtually doubled the speed of genetic achieve of their herds during the last 10 years, now at 18gBW (Geonimic Breed Value) each year.

“This surpasses the business common of 10BW, as acknowledged by DairyNZ. In actual fact, we’ve got already surpassed the DairyNZ proposal’s aim of 15BW.”


DairyNZ is at the moment operating a session on its proposal to provide the general public a chance to place ahead their views on it.

DairyNZ the session will deal with discovering out from farmers what rules can be vital in designing a profitable system and is it vital for farmers to have a clear, business good animal analysis resolution.

In the meantime LIC has stated it can additionally submit a response to the proposal and share it with the general public earlier than the session interval ends.