More milk and meat with less cost
While you are working to achieve the best milk or meat yields through efficient farm management and a well-planned breeding strategy, we are working to develop a reliable tool to breed the next generation of high-yielding, trouble-free and efficient cows.
With a consistent focus on breeding, you can achieve genetic progress for production, health and feed efficiency and improve your bottom line.
More environmentally friendly cows
On average, 6% of a cow's energy is spent on producing methane rather than milk. However, this varies from 2-12% depending on how efficient the cow is in converting feed into milk. So there’s a lot to gain… also when it comes to carbon footprint and sustainability.
Saved feed index based on reliable data
A Saved Feed Index is an important tool that helps you in making everyday decisions easier and more efficiently. To ensure your cows are resilient, productive and climate-friendly, it is equally necessary that you have similar data on their feed intake.
Find the bulls that will bring you the best performing and most climate-friendly cows.
Science and research boost your profits
As one of the first movers, we are exploring the missing link in the feed efficiency equation – the individual cow feed intake. The Saved Feed Index is the result of extended research and collaboration between the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), the Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation (NAV) and the University of Aarhus in Denmark and VikingGenetics, as well as other international partners. The research activities for developing a genetic evaluation for feed efficiency were already initiated in 2013.
Sustainable genetics for the future
We have always put health and reproduction in a balanced focus with production traits. Our latest challenge is to lead the dairy industry in finding solutions to make dairy farming more sustainable and efficient.
Data show that there is negative genetic correlation between health and frame.
We have focused on limiting the genetic progress for frames in order to breed medium-sized cows that are healthy, high-producing and efficient, and therefore deliver the highest possible profit.
Reduce feed costs in your herd
It is a fact that heavy cows eat more to maintain themselves than lighter cows. This also means that, from a feed efficiency point of view, lighter cows use less feed for maintenance.
For Saved feed index, daughters of two bulls having a difference of 20 index units will have a difference in dry matter intake (DMI) of 70-100 kg per lactation.