22 Jan 2009

NZ cows very fertile - report

7:09 am on 22 January 2009

A new report shows New Zealand cows are among the most efficient and fertile in the world.

The Livestock Improvement and Dairy New Zealand report shows cows in New Zealand calve about every 368 days on average.

That means cows in countries like Australia, Germany and Japan give birth less often, with 405 to 430 days between calving seasons.

Federated Farmers says the calving pattern in New Zealand is the result of good management, which includes superior genetics being used in breeding programmes.