Across New Zealand farmers are using genetics to ease pressure in their pasture-based dairy systems by breeding more efficient cattle with the VikingGoldenCross.
Doug and Emma McLeod are 50/50 Sharemilking in South Otago, New Zealand. Peak milking 460 cows the McLeods are coming into their fifth season now.
Having put together the cheapest herd they could find to kick start their 50/50 sharemilking business, the herd was mostly Friesian x Jersey tending more towards the Jersey breed.
The New Zealand Dairy Industry has a largely crossbred national herd consisting of Friesian x Jerseys, over the last four years the VikingReds have become the number one option for farmers looking to optimise their crossbreeding programmes heterosis and breed stronger healthier cows.