Breeding based on robot breeding values

category Breeding, Genetics, Robot

Using robot breeding values will help you breed a herd with a focus on suitability for automatic milking systems.

Do you decide to build another parlor or decide to milk using an automatic milking system (AMS or robot)? Increasing numbers of dairy farmers are optin for the latter. Efficiency is the key here: cows must visit the AMS of their own accord and heifers must quickly adapt to the robot. AMS efficiency breeding values are an effective tool in achieving your breeding goals.

Robot breeding values have been available since April 2015. They utilize ‘data’ mad…

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Chinese farmers are enthusiastic about CRV

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…

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The breeding program that goes for gold

Efficiency, components, health, conformation and fertility; CRV’s bulls are truly going for gold in August’s index run. In addition, many bulls are also achieving amazingly high scores for Better Life Health and Better Life Efficiency; breeding values that practical studies prove to lead to better performances and higher profitability. Danno, Browning, Antidote, Chuck and Nova Star are exemplary of bulls that place the bar high in breeding.

Among black-and-white bulls, Delta Bookem Danno (Bookem x Bolton, 345 NVI) is the first to start making a name for himself. Al…

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Changes breeding value estimation August 2016

Below an overview of the changes made in the national breeding value estimation and also an overview of the changes that are made in other countries.


The requirement for animals to have a reliability of at least 30% has become lower. From now on, animals need a reliability of at least 25% to get a breeding value.


International news

Slovakia, HOL: For calving ease (direct and maternal) the scale of the breeding values was reversed.



Germany, HOL: Bulls older than 17 months and not selected yet have been removed from the …

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Progeny and demo groups in the spotlights

category Breeding, Genetics, Shows

Seven progeny groups and three demo groups were presented to the public at the CRV event ‘A Herd to Your Heart’ in Zwolle on 11 June.  

Delta Alonso: protein-rich health
Although Delta Alonso has not yet received his breeding value, the progeny group of this Atlantic son made quite an impression at the CRV event. Alonso presented a highly uniform, still young and very appealing group of heifers. These cows are not too big and possess a striking level of balance as well as a strong upper build. Their mid-sections are somewhat closed and their rump is nicely sloped. …

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