Toolamba dairy farmer Andrew Ferguson just has to look into his dry cow paddock to know he’s made the right choice with VikingGenetics’ GoldenCross. He milks about 250 cows on 350 hectares and also runs a small sheep and beef operation.
The paddock is dominated by crossbred cows, ready to continue the farm’s successful transformation. “The last couple of years when we started drying our cows off, the first lots we dry off are nearly all the crossbred cows,” Andrew said. “They are the cows that hold first service. It really sticks out that it’s always the crossbred cows that are first in.”
GoldenCross is a three-breed rotational crossbreeding system combining VikingHolstein, VikingRed and VikingJersey, and the crossbreds are now Andrew’s star performers. In fact, he calls them his quiet achievers.