Tougher weather conditions mean the Langs must be efficient and they say that using VikingGenetics as their semen provider has been the key to success.
“Dad started using VikingGenetics about 10 years ago, with Easy Calving Viking bulls on our maiden heifers,” Markus says. “The results were fantastic, and it was one of the easiest calvings we’ve had.”
“Through growing the herd as fast as we have, we were trying to join maiden heifers back to Holsteins to get the animal we want. They assured us we’d get an easy calving bull and we were blown away with the results.
Calving is much easier now. We used to check cows most nights. We’ve got to a stage now where we check the calving paddock at 9 in the evening and there could be 100 cows in there and I’ll know they’ll be okay, which means a better quality of life for the family,” Markus tells.
The Langs built on that experience. “We’d get what we asked for, so we’ve come to the point where we’re using VikingGenetics exclusively,” Markus says.
Along with health improvements, the farm is achieving better production, with nearly 7000 litres herd average, 3.3 % protein and 4.2 % fat for just under 500 kg/Ms.
“The component percentages have been increasing. We put that down to genetics and partly that we’re getting better at nutrition,” Markus explains.
The farm’s females aren’t tested for NTM (Nordic Total Merit) but Markus tends to use bulls around +30 NTM. Fertility has been improving. “Each pregnancy test improves a couple of percentage points. Fertility isn’t something we put a lot of effort into but through genetics we can passively improve, which is what we’re seeing.”