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  • Some of the most crucial communication regarding testing and results between you and us takes place with our Customer Service team. That is why we have knowledgeable and friendly people to assist you.

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    Toll Free: 0800 228 278
    +64 3 477 5920
    Dunedin 9058
    New Zealand

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    9 Moray Place
    Dunedin
    New Zealand

    Your Customer Services Representatives

    Chris Hacon
    Email: christopher.hacon@zoetis.com
    Phone: 0800 228 278

    Abigail Stanley
    Email: abigail.stanley@zoetis.com
    Phone: 0800 228 278

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    Email: heather.moody@zoetis.com
    Phone: 0800 228 278

  • Read the latest about Zoetis Genetics and the genomic industry:

    Gap between best and rest wider
    AgriHQ
    January, 2015
    Accessed at: https://agrihq.co.nz/article/gap-between-best-and-rest-wider?p=6
    Synopsis: The gap between top-performing pastoral farmers and others in the industry might be widening.The three key areas of investment were cropping and pasture renewal, genetics, and infrastructure.The review found a strong link between equity levels and profit, with a lower equity position leading to higher profitability. Perhaps aligned to that, there were indications the older the farmer the lower the profitability over all farm types.

    Angus breeders sorting out their governance
    AgriHQ
    January, 2015
    Accessed at: https://agrihq.co.nz/article/angus-breeders-sorting-out-their-governance?p=7
    Synopsis: A decision on a new general manager for the NZ Angus Association could be made as early as this week.

    Cattle ranchers test for better genes to get better beef and better prices; Advances in Genetic Testing Help Cattle Breeders Identify Prize Animals
    Wall Street Journal

    January 6, 2015
    Accessed at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/ranchers-test-for-better-genes-to-get-better-beef-better-prices-1420585546
    Synopsis:Advances in DNA analysis help veterinarians and breeders identify prize animals whose offspring will yield a larger volume of tastier steaks—fetching producers higher prices from Cargill Inc. and other beef processors.

    Perendale breeders a dedicated flock
    NZFarmer.co.nz
    November 16, 2014
    Accessed at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/sheep/63193003/Perendale-breeders-a-dedicated-flock
    Synopsis: A truckful of perendales followed by their breeders made the annual journey again from South Otago for days on end of milling around the sheep pens in the Canterbury A&P Show. For them it's the perfect busman's holiday and a chance to show a breed that has found its natural home in the hill country. Perendale Sheep Society of New Zealand president Tim Anderson said the 69 perendale entries was a consistent tally for the show and boosted by a strong contingent of southern breeders. Anderson said the society was a way of unifying breeders to share the gains that were being made to improve the breed and to speed progress. The improvements would flow on to commercial farmers, he said.

    Breeding for resistance paying off
    NZFarmer.co.nz
    November 23, 2014
    Accessed at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/sheep/63407258/breeding-for-resistance-paying-off
    Synopsis: Northland sheep farmer Gordon Levet saw an opportunity to breed for word resistance when he noticed something lambs seemed baldy affected by worms—some where dying—while others showed little effect. He reasoned there had to be a genetic factor and that it shuld be possible to breed for worm resistance. In 1986 Levet went to AgResearch and working with leading parasitologists to design protocols to breed for work resistance. Over the years breeding for parasite resistance has attracted considerable negative publicity, he says, but believes sheep farmer and ram breeders should be breeding for worm resistance to reduce fecal egg counts in progeny. Breeding for parasite resistance is all about breeding for quicker-acting and more aggressive immune system to counter a worm challenge.

    The Wairere maxim: Only the strong survive
    Stuff.co.nz
    December 8, 2014
    Accessed at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/sheep/63925947/the-wairere-maxim-only-the-strong-survive
    Synopsis: Derek Diniell is convinced a sustain upturn for sheepmeat has arrived. The sheep are romneys, the breed that is the mainstay of his Wairere stud. The Wairere maxim tests the romnets with a harse regime so that only the strongest survive.

    Supreme sheep reward requires effort
    Stuff.co.nz
    December 11, 2015
    Accessed at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/sheep/63966313/supreme-sheep-reward-requires-effort
    Synopsis: Hard work is certainly paying dividends for Engelbrecht and his wife, Kirstin, who can lay claim to having the country’s top ewe hogget flock after winning the 2014 New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition. Engelbrecht said achieving good results came down to “doing the basics right,” which means buying the best genetics, in the form of good quality farms, and feeding the ewes to their genetic potential.

    Red cattle beef up Shannon Operation
    NZFarmer.co.nz
    November 22, 2014
    Accessed at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/beef/63407032/red-cattle-beef-up-shannon-operation
    Synopsis: Like any keen breeder, Kelvin Lane insists the difference is more than skin deep. He and wife Kath were visiting her family at Dunedin when he first spotted red polls at Seacliff. He stopped, talked to the farmer, found out more about them and ended up buying five yearling heifers and a bull. Now the couple have 120 breeding cows, part of the 2000 red poll cows on 70 farms throughout the country.

    One of the red poll’s attractions is that it is naturally polled and calves don’t have to be debudded, an expensive and sometimes painful operation. He also enthuses about the breed’s taste, saying