Helping dairy farmers to be sustainable
We are committed to a sustainable breeding goal. Through our everyday efforts, we want to contribute in making daily life better for dairy farmers. For us, sustainability works on many levels; environment-friendly food production, higher profits and quality of life for farmers, caring for animal welfare, the longevity of the dairy industry as a whole. That is what sustainability means to us.
The world has put dairy farmers and cows under the magnifying glass. How our food is being produced has never been under so much scrutiny from governments, media and consumers. We are providing genetic solutions for dairy farmers to succeed in the face of demands for sustainable dairy farming. Our new Saved Feed Index is a tool to breed climate-friendly cows with reduced methane emissions.
To be successful in developing an index like this, we are collating big data and doing vast research with modern technology to make the index reliable and trustworthy. We don't believe in indicator traits, we always measure actual performance.
What’s more, to create competitive and sustainable cows, genetic diversity is an important factor in keeping animal populations healthy and sustainable. Inbreeding is a serious issue causing additional costs and headaches for dairy farmers. At VikingGenetics, we use a programme called EVA (Evolutionary Algorithm) and cutting-edge tools to guarantee genetic diversity and at the same time, achieve maximum genetic progress.