A dairy bull which paved the way for a new breed is retiring from duty after providing a record number of inseminations.
Scotts Northsea is a KiwiCross bull and a member of livestock breeding company LIC's first team of cross-bred breeding bulls to be used for artificial insemination services.
He provided 750,000 inseminations in his six years of active service, a record for a cross-bred bull.
Scotts Northsea headed LIC's active sires list for all breeds for some time, and is still in the top 10, despite being older than the other eligible bulls.
The bull was inducted to the LIC Hall of Fame in 2008, and his services to dairying will be celebrated next week with a presentation to his breeders, Mark and Pat Scott of Waihi.