CRV Hall of Fame Success

Accolades for the Waikato’s most eligible bovine bachelors.

Two of the Waikato’s most eligible bovine bachelors have been recognised for their services after fathering more than 43,000 daughters between them across the country. 

Jersey bull Degree and Friesian bull Macca have been inducted into CRV Ambreed’s Hall of Fame for their services to the New Zealand dairy industry. The accolade comes as part of the breeding company’s 50th birthday celebrations.

“For a bull to be inducted into the Hall of Fame he needs to have made a significant contribution to the dairy industry,” says CRV product manager Peter van Elzakker.

“This means producing a large number of dairy cows proven to produce high quality milk and live long and healthy lives, as well as producing sons that are sought after as future breeding sires.”

Arrieta NN Degree ET was bred in Te Awamutu by John and Thelma Bailey. Since 2012, Degree’s semen has been used by over 2,100 dairy farmers in New Zealand and abroad to breed nearly 20,000 dairy cows, which produce high quality milk and live long healthy lives.

“Degree has not only produced great milking cows, but also has sired many sons, which have joined the CRV Ambreed breeding team. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Degree in pedigrees of new graduate sires,” says Mr van Elzakker.

“Our Hall of Fame is reserved for legends like Degree that not only contribute to our industry through superior dairy cows, but also sons that continue their fathers’ legacy.

“We are proud to partner with breeders to offer farmers the very best genetic solutions for their herd. We work hard to ensure our breeders can be proud of their CRV marketed sires.

“Our sincere congratulations to the Bailey’s and the Kane’s on Degree and Macca’s success and our thanks for the contribution these sires have made to not only CRV, but to the wider industry.”

Degree has now retired from service and spends his days relaxing at home with John and Thelma on their dry stock block.