Breeding that targets feed conversion offers a host of opportunities. This is evidenced by the first data gathered in practical situations on the feed intake of cows relative to their milk production. Differences of up to €1.50 in income over feed costs per cow per day were found between daughter groups of bulls. Breeding technician specialist Pieter van Goor predicts that selection based on feed efficiency will be the next phase in cattle breeding.
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Genomic tests help us discover a lot of information about the genetic merit of cattle at a young age. The current batch of bull dams and the other Delta donors at the Dairy Breeding Center do not have any recorded performances yet, but will prove their worth when they are older. A couple of great examples of successful cows are evidence that CRV’s breeding programme aimed at high lifetime production is certainly paying off.
Thanks to genomic selection we already know as much about the genetic value of a young calf as about a cow with three lactations. CRV therefore …read more ›
CRV’s Ovalert system registers cow behaviour and links this information to other data that is collected on dairy farms. This data gives farmers a valuable, new herd management tool.
As well as indicating heat expression, the system also flags up any animals with possible health issues. This allows farmers to respond sooner and use less drastic measures.
Their enthusiasm for the management support provided by Ovalert is overwhelming. Dairy farmers Erik and Jolanda Luiten wouldn’t want to be without the system. They run a farm with 170 head of dairy cattle in Aalte…read more ›
Traits including production, longevity and fertility were already part of the NVI merit index. GES will be expanding this formula from April to incorporate hoof health and feed efficiency. In addition, a parallel version of the NVI will be published.
Alongside the NVI for dairy breeds, the GES will now publish NVI calculations for dual-purpose breeds. The breeding value for longevity has also been revised, resulting in more stable breeding values and greater reliability.
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The buzzword in breeding – in addition to health and lifetime production – is feed efficiency, an aspect where the Netherlands leads the field. CRV collects feed intake data and the GES will publish the ‘feed costs for maintenance’ breeding value. According to CRV’s Gerben de Jong ‘This represents the next revolution in breeding after the use of genomics’.
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