A huge leap forward in the lifetime production achieved by cows at culling has been revealed in the 2018-2019 financial year. Compared with the previous financial year, lifetime production has increased by 1210 kg of milk and 96 kg of fat and protein. This is the first time that such a significant difference has been shown in two consecutive financial years. At culling, Dutch cows now note lifetime production that averages 31,553 kg of milk, with 1371 kg of fat and 1120 kg of protein. A combination of a longer productive life and higher milk production is behind this i…read more ›
The income over feed costs is a key financial factor for Willem Alders. Feed intake data really opened his eyes to the individual differences between cows. ‘The poorest performing animals add little or nothing to the total income over feed costs. However, the best performing animals contribute more to the profit than expected’, he states.
Willem Alders had expected there would be differences, but such a large variation in feed conversion rates between individual cows came as a big surprise to the dairy farmer. The Alders family from Overloon started registering the …read more ›
‘If breeding helps us create cows that convert feed into more milk, that’s interesting from a financial perspective and beneficial for the environment and the climate’, according to dairy farmer Thijs van Gastel. For a few months now, the feed intake of individual cows has been measured on his farm. ‘And we are already seeing huge variations’, he says.
In the feeding passage in the barn at Melkveehouderij van Gastel in Nispen, Brabant, the first thing you notice are 20 large blue feeder troughs. With a slight hiss, adjustable panels lower and lift to allow the cows …read more ›
Veneriete Sylke, foundation cow of Jacuzzi, came to the Westeneng family’s farm in Kockengen in 2007, as an in-milk heifer from the Delta breeding programme. Last month, she reaches a lifetime production there of more than 10,000 kg of fat and protein: 118,262 kg of milk with 4.88 % fat and 3.58 % protein (4,079 days).
Veneriete Sylke (O-Man x Webster x Cash) was bred from the Etazon Hyde family of Veneriete Holsteins in Kampen (The Netherlands). She came into milk production on what was then the Delta test farm in Kollumerpomp. During her first lactation she moved …read more ›
Two years ago, CRV became the first cattle improvement organisation in the world to start large-scale measurement of the feed intake of dairy cows on working farms. CRV is convinced that targeted breeding still has huge potential to improve the feed efficiency performance of cows.
In 2020 CRV will collect the feed intake data of more than 1600 cows. This data will be used to work towards ultimately reducing the cost price of milk production and increasing the sustainability of dairy farming.
Reducing the cost price through feed efficiency
A dairy cow’s feed …