Henny 4273 and Dir. Joyce 361 (s. Nova PP)

Bulls for vital herds with outstanding financial results

December’s index run presents a rich gift to farmers of bulls that produce healthy cows capable of high fat and protein production. The selection includes bulls that excel in component inheritance as well as high milk production. With four, high-ranking sons among the black-and-white genomic tested bulls, Bouw Finder firmly stamps his mark as a sire of sons.

Many farmers struggle with the question: How can I make efficient (*) use of the available production space on my farm? The answer is: fill the barn with healthy, long-lived cows that offer great protein and fat…

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News breeding value estimation December 2017

The national Dutch/Flemish breeding value estimation has been changed in the following way:

New breeding value for saved feed cost: Starting april 2016, GES has been publishing breeding values for feed intake. This breeding value displays how much extra feed an animal needs per day. The intake of feed is dependent on the production level of a cow, in which both kg milk as well as milk contents have an influence. Body weight, growth, activity and efficiency in digesting the feed, are also factors that influence the feed intake of an animal.
GES introduces two new …

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Bullseye: non-return with bulls

category Breeding, Genetics, Other

The bull charts listing breeding values also state the non-return rate of the bulls. But what are the factors behind that figure and what do we use it for?
The non-return breeding value is indicative of the fertility of a bull’s daughters, while the non-return rate of a bull is a measure of the fertilising capacity of his semen. In other words, the bull’s own fertility or reproductive performance. CRV uses the non-return rate to show the differences between the fertilising capacity of various bulls. And we can intervene where necessary by rejecting bulls with a poor r…

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Only the very best are promoted to embryo donor

category Breeding, Genetics

They are the power ladies behind three quarters of the bulls reared by CRV every year. But who are the elite league of female animals that live at the Dairy Breeding Center in Wirdum? Marcel Fox, coordinator of the Delta breeding programme, introduced Veeteelt journal to the donors.

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Precise selection with more embryos

category Breeding, Genetics

The Dairy Breeding Center plays a key role in CRV’s breeding programme. Around three-quarters of the bulls bred by CRV every year come from embryos produced by animals on the brand new nucleus breeding farm. How exactly does this embryo production process work? The Dutch magazine ‘Veeteelt’ has published an article about it. Read the article via the link below:

–>Article Dairy Breeding Center<–


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