The Kämpes both work on the farm. The family also includes Viggo, 10 and Hilda, 8, and Sofia also works as a consultant to the local community and is a specialist in reducing agriculture-related eutrophication of rivers.
An advisor from VÄXA (the Swedish coop, and one of the owners of VikingGenetics) visits them four to five times a year to discuss their three-year strategy for the business. “Our main goal in the business is to reach 12,500 kg ECM (Energy Corrected Milk) within the next three years. We have used VikingGenetics from the start, and when we increased the herd in 2015, all cows we bought had Viking pedigrees”, Sofia says.
The Kämpes genomically test all heifer calves born, as this is the best solution for them. “We use X-Vik semen on our top 20% and beef semen, currently Angus for the rest”, she comments. The latter are sold to a farmer breeding heifers for slaughter.
“When you use a tool like genomic selection, it’s important to stick with that 100% and use the results. We never think about cow families, we look at the NTM. And we have been able to see that high NTM heifers also become the highest producing dairy cows,” says Gustav Kämpe.