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A unique tour in CRV’s innovative Semen Processing Center and International Logistics Center

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The Semen Processing Center and the International Logistics Center in Deventer, the Netherlands play a crucial role in the production process of CRV. Every year, 4 million straws are filled, inspected, registered, frozen and dispatched to dairy and beef farmers worldwide. After processing all straws are stored here for a quarantine period of at least 30 days.

The locations in Deventer have recently been modernized and comply with the highest quality standards. The filling machines have been renewed, liquid nitrogen is now refilled automatically and extensive tempera…

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Breeding climate friendly cows

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The opportunity to breed more climate friendly cows is one step closer for New Zealand dairy farmers after a Waikato trial finds a possible link between a bulls’ genetics and the amount of methane they produce.

 

The pilot trial, by CRV and LIC with funding from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, measured feed intake and methane emissions – in the form of burps – from 20 young bulls destined to father the next generation of New Zealand’s dairy cows. Phil Beatson, R&D Manager at CRV, says the programme aligns well with CRV’s aim …

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CRV introduces breeding value intelligence

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During the April index run, CRV will introduce the new breeding value ‘intelligence’. This will enable farmers to effectively breed with a focus on intelligent cows.

‘All farmers know there is a difference in intelligence between cows. Some cows learn new things much faster than others’, says Tonnie Vissers, herd management specialist at CRV. ‘Research has revealed that these differences are largely genetically determined. This means that intelligence can be targeted through breeding. The heritability is 38%, which is comparable to that of milk production.’

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Webinar: Feed efficiency demonstrated in practice

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On Wednesday 24 March at 8:30 PM (CET) CRV will organize a round-table discussion together with Gerard Meerkerk (owner feed efficiency test farm) and Pieter van Goor (CRV breeding specialist). Learn more about feed efficiency in practice during this interactive webinar (English spoken).

 

New breeding value

CRV introduced a unique breeding value for feed efficiency in December 2020. In 2017, CRV became the first herd improvement organisation to start large-scale measurement of the feed intake of dairy cows on five working farms with in total 2,000 lactati…

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A look behind the scenes at the CRV test farms

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The ten CRV test farms in the Netherlands and Flanders have a vital role to play in the breeding programme. Due to the corona restrictions, visiting the farms is still not possible. But a film can also take you behind the scenes.

The heart of CRV’s Holstein breeding programme is in Wirdum in Friesland. CRV’s Dairy Breeding Center is home to some 400 young female animals with the highest genetic predisposition for health and efficiency. They have been chosen from among very best animals in the European Holstein population and are used as donors for the breeding progr…

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