Tropical breeds

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Breed: Gir Leiteiro
Owner: Jose Coelho Vitor, Brazil

In South America, CRV also has a breeding program for tropical breeds. Under the tabs below you can find more information about the different breeds.

One of the tropical breeds of CRV is Girolando, a crossbred between Gir and Holstein. Due to its cross, Girolando, is a very fertile and efficient breed with a good milk production that is able to produce in a sustainable way in the tropical and subtropical regions. CRV is selecting 4-8 Girolando bulls per year.

The Girolando breed has a good reputation in Brazil. 80% of the milk production is coming from Girolando cows. They are able to keep a good level of production in different management systems and climate conditions. Girolando was bred with the aim to create a breed that is able to produce in a sustainable way in the tropical and subtropical regions. It is grounded on crossbreeding the Holstein breed (HOL) with Gir (GL), starting with a ¼ HOL + ¾ GL cross until they ended with a 7/8 HOL + 1/8 GL cross. Because they wanted to breed a productive breed that meets the needs of dairy farmers, they finally ended up with a 5/8 HOL + 3/8 GL cross: the Girolando.

Most used crossings with Girolando bulls

Most used crossings with Girolando bulls

 

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MELKVEEHOUDERS JOS EN INGRID KNOEF, GEESTEREN


fotograaf: Edwin Walvisch
Reliable breeding values are the basis for sustainable breeding.
Dairy farmers Jos and Ingrid Knoef, Geesteren, The Netherlands

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