Berthold Magritz explains that his fitted and healthy animals produce all by themselves. He and his family run a dairy farm with 65 cows in Lower Saxony, northwest Germany and have been using crossbreeding for 12 years.
Berthold Magritz has been part of the ProCROSS family since the beginning of 2020 and uses well-known bulls from VikingGenetics breeding programs. His dairy establishment recently merged with the one owned by his son-in-law Hendrik Teunis, on a farm close by.
The plan is for the new farm to also be gradually converted from pure Holstein to a crossbreed herd. The two run the business together, with rearing taking place on the son-in-law's farm.
A robot is milking at Berthold's farm, which is why its animals are subject to corresponding requirements:
“Of course, good udders are very important for our cows. We also pay close attention to low cell counts, good feet and legs and high Fat and Protein values. They must be durable on top of that”, Magritz explains.
The bull selection is based on these criteria, and during our visit we get to see the first young animals and hear well-known bull names such as VR Vimo, VR Fanof P, VR Tokyo, Elastar and Landos in our conversation.
The two men smile at the sight of their animals and Berthold states: “Don't they look great? In the past I only had Holstein, but today black and white for me is synonymous with black and white TV. I love the color in my barn”, he jokes.
“They are also very calm animals”, he adds. They are also very happy about their calves: “The crossbred calves jump up right after they are born and are fit and agile”, he says.