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…read more ›
CRV introduced the feed efficiency breeding value in December. Willem Alders has been conducting feed trials for CRV for several years. He sees huge differences, also between similar cows.
In August 2017, the dairy farm run by the Alders family became the first CRV test site to measure the feed intake of individual animals. ‘We welcome new developments and this farm has a long relationship with CRV’ explains Willem Alders (29), who has a herd of 200 dairy cows and cows in calf and 90 head of young stock in Overloon, North Brabant. He was initially sceptical. ‘The co…read more ›
For years, the Netherlands has ranked among the best in class in terms of milk production per cow. Last year, a record for lifetime production was reached averaging 34,000 litres. Our recently published annual statistics reveal that higher production does not compromise the length of a cow’s life. The milk production of cows has increased in recent years while the animals have also reached a higher age.
For example, the annual statistics of Coöperatie CRV show that the longevity of Dutch herdbook cows increased by 2.5 months in the last financial year. Co…read more ›
Ask any dairy farmer, anywhere in the world, to describe their breeding goals and irrespective of the breed of cattle, the answers will be very similar. The nuances of their breeding strategy and choices differ marginally, determined by the local market and the production conditions. But high on every farmer’s wish list is a cow that produces effortlessly and converts feed efficiently into milk.
Numerous breeding values have been developed in recent years to facilitate a targeted breeding strategy that accommodates a range of traits. CRV clearly summarises all these…read more ›
‘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, …read more ›