Recently, 30 feeders were installed at Gerard Meerkerk’s farm in Emmer-Compascuum. These feeders are used by CRV to measure the individual feed intake of the 200-head herd on the dairy farm. This data is vitally important in revealing the genetic variation in feed efficiency and further improving breeding values. In the words of Gerard Meerkerk: ‘Being economical with feed has never been so important’.
Two cents lower feed costs
Meerkerk’s farm is the fifth location where feed intake is being measured by CRV. Together with four other farms in the Netherlands, he help…
After successfully leading CRV for 12,5 years, Roald van Noort will step down as CEO on May 1st 2020. He will be succeeded by Angus Haslett who is currently Managing Director of the Business Unit Oceania and responsible for the Business Unit USA.
After 12,5 years as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of CRV, Roald van Noort, in consultation with the Supervisory Board, has decided to step down from his position on May 1st 2020. Roald’s contribution to CRV has been significant. He has led the company through an era of unprecedented change in cattle genetics and p…read more ›
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 ›
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 …
A healthy and efficient herd stands at the base of an excellent lifetime production. Genetic progression is the key, and consistent breeding brings results. CRV offers you an extensive sire selection for improving your herd with an excellent lifetime production and high components.
Daughter proven sires confirm predictions
During the most recent NRM, a quite youthful and promising group of Finder was presented by CRV. This August proof run adds another 500 daughters to his proof data, giving Bouw Finder a near total of 750 daughters. Raising his Feet & Leg score …