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Many Cows and a Standard of Quality

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At 3 locations, Arjan and Karin Backx keep a total of almost 3,000 cows, with each one being important to them. Despite rapid expansion Arjan never has given up his high standard of quality.

 

At the time when Arjan Backx came to Germany, his parents run an 80-cow dairy farm in the Netherlands. To enter into the parental operation was no option for that then 24-year-old. After having taken a look around the world, that Dutchman finally ended up in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 2006. ‘I had nothing but cows in my mind, and for that “Meck-Pom” was just the …

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With ‘healthy’ confidence, a significant improvement for CRV bulls

The balance between health and efficiency is what makes CRV’s breeding programme so unique. Important breeding values, therefore, come together in the CRV Health and CRV Efficiency indexes. These are new names, because CRV wants to make progress together with cattle farmers.
This index run once again shows impressive (genetic) progress with both surprising newcomers and proven commonly used bulls. CRV stands for healthy cows with a functional conformation that achieve excellent production with good components.

 
Ranger daughters live up to expectations
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Top bulls that prove themselves time and again

It is the balance between health and efficiency that makes CRV’s Fleckvieh breeding program unique as well. Important breeding values, therefore, come together in the CRV Health and CRV Efficiency indexes. These are new names, because CRV wants to make progress together with cattle farmers throughout the world. This progress is demonstrated in this index run, in which frequently used bulls prove themselves, while surprising newcomers also reinforce the chart. CRV stands for healthy cows with a functional conformation that achieve excellent production with good componen…

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Encouraging figures during classification on CRV test farm Nooijen

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The recent classification on the Nooijen CRV test farm in coevorden yielded some impressive results by the latest generation of heifers. But a slightly more mature lady who once supplied embryos for the CRV breeding programme also faced the critical scrutiny of the classifier again. The cow in question, Delta Ralon – who is on her fifth calf – boosted her excellent score to 91 points.

The heifers classified at the CRV test farms are not only early daughters of young CRV bulls, they often also descend from cow families who are currently supplying bulls and donors. Fo…

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Emiel Willems, stock manager at the Abbink dairy farm in Vriezenveen.

Easy milking thanks to balanced conformation

‘Breeding with an emphasis on conformation is still an important factor’, according to Emiel Willems, stock manager at the Abbink dairy farm in Vriezenveen. ‘Cows with balanced conformation perform better across the board and have a longer productive life’, he explains. Classification, SireMatch and HerdOptimizer are tools that help farmers to work effectively on their breeding goals.

Take a cow like Wilskracht Warsi 879. Emiel Willems’ enthusiasm for her knows no bounds. She is one of his favourite cows in the 300-head dairy herd at the Abbink farm in Vriezenveen, …

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