Björn Hjalmarsson is the fifth generation on Bockerud Norstugan, the farm he has managed for 12 years. Bockerud Norstugan has mainly VikingHolstein cows and has been in the family since the 19th century. Björn makes genomic tests on all the females and uses only sexed semen, X-Vik and Y-Vik.
Björn took over the farm in 2008, and with the switch, he set up milking robots. The generational change was completed two years ago and his father Ingvar still works on the dairy farm.
The farm's 140 cows have a yield of 10,350 kg ECM (Energy Corrected Milk) with 80% VikingHolstein and 20% VikingRed. “We also have a couple of Jerseys cows, and our goal is to have five of those”, Björn says.
Bockerud Norstugan farm operates a conventional milk production facility and has split delivery to the local dairy Wermlandsmejeri, which has 10 suppliers and accounts for a large part of the market for drinking milk in Värmland, in the west-central part of Sweden.
The farm has 110 ha of fields and 160 ha of forest. In total, they work on 300 ha, of which 180 are dedicated to grassland and grazing and the rest to cereals. Moreover, about 10 to 20 ha of field beans cover a large part of the protein feed requirement.