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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The August index run shows CRV bulls that make herds healthier and more efficient. The speed of genetic progress keeps accelerating and farmers are reaping the benefits. Nowadays, farm management has become even more key to profitable farming. Herd advisors give specific advice that helps choose sires that suit the goal’s individual farmers are attempting to achieve with their herds, whether this is increasing the components, increasing the kilos of fat and protein, or other goals. After this index run, there is another wide choice of bulls at CRV that can help boost t…read more ›
Analysis of the performance of cows in the herd of producer Troels Bjørn located in Hobro, Denmark, shows that using breeding indexes for health and efficiency pays off. Leading cows on the Better Life Efficiency index, developed by CRV, produced over 1,500kg more milk compared to their herd mates. The top cows for the Better Life Health index were significantly healthier. They showed less cases of mastitis, a lower somatic cell count and a shorter calving interval.
Breeding for improved health and efficiency works. This is shown by an analysis of the performance of…read more ›
The April index run demonstrates CRV’s progress in breeding for efficient cows with great longevity. Mint, Dax, Worldcup and Hongkong PP are amazing bulls for Fleckvieh breeders who want to utilise the full potential of their farms’ production capacity.
Mint (Manigo x Rau, 132 TMI) was already awarded proven Fleckvieh bull status in December 2017. In the April index run, Mint has added nine points to his total merit index and boosted his milk index (123) by six points, giving him a great efficiency score (+11%). His outstanding conformation rating shows excellent fe…read more ›
The April 2018 index run shows that the new NVI calculations, which are a better fit with the wishes of Dutch and Flemish cattle farmers, have impacted favourably on the rankings of CRV bulls. Many bulls boast outstanding production figures, with the high components currently in great demand.
Delta Treasure (Finder x G-force, 443 NVI) tops the list of black-and-white bulls. He transmits phenomenal longevity (+1248 days). His daughters will be highly productive (+1166kg) yet require little feed for maintenance (saving on feed costs € 31 per lactation). These credenti…read more ›