Lambert Van Der Linde and his family switched to a ProCROSS herd 10 years ago when his original black and white cows were unable to keep a balance between high production and good health. After a decade, his health costs have now been reduced by 37%.
Lambert and his wife Gerrie moved from the Netherlands, where they had a 90-cow herd, to Portugal in 1996. In their new home, they bought 150 pure Holstein Friesians and started to transform a 77-ha cereal farm into a dairy farm.
“On this 77-ha farm we started selling milk under poor conditions. Then we started building the dairy barn and increasing the size of the herd”.
They now have 90-ha with 305 milking cows on the grazing system. The herd is 85% ProCROSS, the rest are pure Holstein cows that this family farm kept for benchmarking purposes.
“Until now, we kept records of the pure Holstein and the crossbreds born in 2009 with interesting results, which convinced us to keep on going with ProCROSS”, Lambert says