Rista Gård started crossbreeding in 2012 and decided to go all in for ProCROSS in 2016. Today, the oldest three-breed cow of the herd is in her 4th lactation. During the time they have been crossbreeding, they have expanded the herd from 40 cows to 200 and changed milking systems twice. Today, they have three milking robots and are waiting for the fourth to be delivered. He is very happy with his ProCROSS animals.
ProCROSS suits robot milking
Kenneth says that the ProCROSS cows work very well in the robot, they have a high appetite for feed and are therefore happy to go to the robot to get concentrate. This also means that they do not look at and fiddle with the robot arm.
“Most animals need a short time to learn the system, they are very easy to milk in,” says Kenneth.
The teat placement of the crossbreed cows is good and with Montbeliarde as the sire they have good rear teat placement. “For anyone who is unsure whether ProCROSS cows are suitable for robot milking, our cows have a milk flow of 3 litres/min, which is higher than average,” says Kenneth.
“It will work fine with ProCROSS. Younger animals are strong, tough and forward, so they do well in the robot. But they're not rough, they're curious.”