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History

 1909 - 1939



1909
  • First organised routine Herd Testing Service commenced by New Zealand farmers, supervised by the Department of Agriculture.

1922
  • Testing Officers employed in the Waikato region.

1926
  • Dominion Group Herd Testing Federation established.

1927
  • Official calf identification service introduced.

1934
  • Royal Commission study of NZ dairy industry recommends the formation of a Herd Testing Council to control all herd testing.
  • Establishment of progeny testing/sire survey.

1935
  • Artificial insemination research begins.
  • Artificial insemination with progeny tested bulls offered to members of the NZ Co-operative Herd Testing Association.
  • First artificial insemination trials begin on 44 Waikato herds.

1936
  • Formation of the Herd Recording Council (to become the Herd Improvement Council) charged with 'improving the standard of the cattle in the dairy industry'.

1937
  • First sire evaluations based on progeny records undertaken.
  • Herd wastage data included in national statistics obtained from herd testing highlights the importance of mastitis and brucellosis as causes of loss in dairy herds.

1938
  • Artificial insemination field trials begin in Ngarua district on 332 cows.

1939
  • Launch of Herd Improvement Plan.
  • Amalgamation of 28 Herd Testing Associations into six Herd Improvement Associations.
  • Formation of NZ Dairy Board's Consultancy Officer service; six Consulting Officers appointed, one in each Herd Improvement Association area.




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