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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Thanks to a database of 4350 cows, more – and more reliable – breeding values for feed efficiency can be calculated. As from April the breeding value for ‘saved feed costs for maintenance’ (SFCM) will be included in the NVI formula. The biased belief that breeding for efficiency results in smaller cows can be banished to the realm of fables.
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Farmers with many cows that achieve high lifetime production, are convinced that this high lifetime production is in the genes. The Knoef and Winter families tell all about their vision of high lifetime production.
Big Boukje 192 produced a whopping 208,000 litres of milk with 4.64% fat and 3.86% protein. The cow, which belongs to Jos and Ingrid Knoef in Geesteren, is the champion par excellence of lifetime production. She reached the age of 19 years old, calved an impressive 15 times and also obtained an exterior score of 90 points. Jos is convinced: ‘This high pro…read more ›
With the August proof run CRV continuously improves the herds of farmers who are looking for more efficient and healthy cows by adding 6 new Holstein bulls to our strong line up of healthy & efficient bulls and 4 bulls adding more progeny info.
Liner checks all the boxes for efficiency and health. He is 158 pounds of CFP with fat and protein percentages of 0.10% and 0.06%, in combination with 5.7 Productive Life and has exceptionally fertile daughters as well at +2.6 DPR, which explains why his daughters are so efficient at 11% Better Life Efficiency. His high d…read more ›
China is a country with great potential, especially in the field of dairy farming. Recently, some CRV colleagues visited this Asian country to provide trainings. Both parties are enthusiastic to work together.
CRV is doing business in about 70 countries all over the world and China is one of the so called ‘focus countries’, which means that this country has much potential for CRV. Bart Dronkert (area manager) and Gert-Jan van den Bosch (herd management specialist) have recently visited some farms in China to give a training.
‘We were on the JunYing Dairy farm o…