21 Apr 2015

Elite bull hits Hall of Fame

2:16 pm on 21 April 2015

The contribution that an elite breeding bull has made to the national dairy herd has been recognised with his induction into Livestock Improvement Corporation's Hall of Fame.

Mint-Edition, the prize-winning bull.

Mint-Edition, the prize-winning bull. Photo: Supplied / LIC

Fairmont Mint-Edition, a Holstein-Friesian sire bred by Barry and Linda Old of Morrinsville, is the 53rd animal to be recognised in the Hall of Fame in more than 50 years of artificial breeding in New Zealand.

In a special presentation to the breeders, Mint-Edition was praised for "well and truly living up to his name," since joining the co-op's Premier Sires team in 2009.

Over four consecutive years as a premier sire, Mint-Edition has averaged nearly 155,000 inseminations each season, for a total of almost 800,000 inseminations.