Health

Hoof health deserves structural attention

category Article, Health

Taking hoof health seriously pays dividends. In practice, however, hoof trimmers still come across few signs of improvement. Their conclusion is that ‘too many farmers simply accept claw and hoof problems as inevitable. A structured approach is still often lacking.’

The hoof health of Dutch and Flemish dairy cows seems to be improving. At least, that is what an analysis of data from DigiKlauw shows. This data registration system set up by CRV in cooperation with the Animal Health Service (GD) enables hoof trimmers to register the disorders they observe in the course…

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Breeding for longevity to maximise protein from your own grassland  

category Article, Breeding, Health

The goal of dairy farmer Mark Sluis is efficient utilisation of his own grassland. His breeding strategy also plays a significant role. By selecting breeding bulls with a high score for longevity, he aims to increase the lifetime production of his herd. This approach reduces the amount of feed he needs to raise young stock.

Mark Sluis effortlessly sums up some figures from the Recycling Indicator – an administrative tool for mineral use – for 2019. ‘Last year, 85% of the protein for our cows was sourced from our own meadows and we fed 24 kilos of concentrates per 10…

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40,000 100-tonner cows in 30 years

The accolade ’100-tonner’ has been around for 30 years in the Netherlands. In that time more than 40,000 cows have smashed the magic barrier of 100,000 kilos of milk production, including members of Flemish herds. The number of 10-tonners is also growing rapidly. Last year, the tally clocked up the 3400th cow with 10,000 kilos of fat and protein.

Text by Inge van Drie

They are popular, widely read pages in Veeteelt magazine: the monthly publication of the latest names to reach the 10 and 100 tonne milestones. Which farms have added a 10-tonner to their herds? Whi…

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CRV bulls: new stars and proven chart toppers

CRV aims to contribute to a future-proof and sustainable dairy sector by helping farmers to breed healthy and efficient cows. In this index run, CRV presents many bulls with the ability to transmit these traits to their progeny. The results are a better life for the animals, added value for the farmers and respect for our environment. We are proud of our bulls, but above all proud of all farmers! 
All-round profile with positive bonuses for fat and protein
Barnkamper Majestic (s. Simba) offers a wonderful production profile (1295 kg) combined with good health traits…

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Average lifetime production per cow leaps by more than 1200 kg

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…

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