Dairy Solutionz develops heat-tolerant cow breed

HotCowSince 2007, Dairy Solutionz has worked with its international partners to design and integrate breed technologies into its large-scale offshore pastoral farms. (Image source: Dairy Solutionz)New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz has developed a dairy cow breed that has been conditioned to survive in tropical climates 

Dairy Solutionz develops breed technologies for tropical farms.

Derek Fairweather, CEO of Dairy Solutionz, said, “A team of experts injected slick locus1 (originating from Senepol cattle) into American Holsteins. This gave the American breed an improved ability to regulate its body temperature while maintaining milk yield under heat stress.

“The new cow breed will be used on large-scale dairy farms. We are constructing partnership with governments and land owners in countries such as the USA, Colombia and Ecuador for this purpose.”

The new breed will be branded as KiwipoleTM dairy cows. Dairy Solutionz is expected to open its first dairy demonstration farms in Colombia and Ecuador before the end of 2014.

Fairweather said that the genetics project was assisted by the researchers from Callaghan Institute and the University of Florida.

Vish Vishwanath, genetics consultant to Dairy Solutionz, added, “The KiwipoleTM dairy cow has great heat tolerance coupled with the best pasture genetics in the world. This breed is ideally suited to maximise production in grass-based, tropical dairy systems.”

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