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VikingGoldenCross

VikingGoldenCross is being used in many parts of the world. We have many years of experience with science-based crossbreeding, and we have happy customers in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark,  Ireland, and many other countries.

Fertility and milk solids – backed by research

The dairy levy board, Dairy Australia, along with the University of Melbourne has compared the performance of two-breed and three-breed crossbred herds.

Using data from nearly 7,000 cows with over 25,000 lactations on pasture-based farms, they found that compared to the two-way cross, the Holstein/Jersey/Red cross showed significantly higher lifespan and better fertility:

  • +4 %-points in conception rate (1st service)
  • +8 %-points in six-week in-calf rate

The three-breed crossbreds also showed no significant difference in volume of milk, but outperformed the two-breed cross for milk solids production.

£15,000 extra profit

By utilizing three breeds for your crossbreeding programme, you can expect more than £15,000 extra profit per year in a 240-cow herd with a total production of 1,200,000 kg milk per year.

That extra profit is from improvements in production of milk solids and fertility-related traits alone:

  • £11,400 from higher fat and protein content per kg of milk
  • £4,235 from fertility related traits

Total financial benefits are expected to be even higher when various direct and indirect cost reductions are accounted for, e.g. lower vet costs, lower culling rates, less work per cow and other.

The estimation of extra profit of £15,635 in financial benefits under UK conditions is based on:

  • The ADHB data milk price calculator with the average of three different manufacturing contracts
  • The Australian pasture-based crossbreeding study, where three-way crossbreds including Reds had higher milk solids and better fertility than two-way crosses between Holstein and Jersey


Key findings of Australian pasture-based crossbreeding study

Parameter

Two-way cross (Jersey/Holstein)

Three-way cross (Holstein/Jersey/Red)

Production

Milk (litres)

6,010

5,950

Fat %

4.24

4.37

Protein %

3.41

3.54

Fat (kg)

252

257

Protein (kg)

204

210

Total fat & protein (kg)

456

467

Fertility

Conception rate (1st service)

47%

51%

Pregnant by week 6

63%

71%

 

The results of the crossbreeding study were published by Dairy Australia in ‘InCalf Symposium 2017 proceedings’

Hayden Ferriman, New Zealand

VikingRed for better health and fertility

“Fertility is a big one for us – with 70-odd percent 6 week in-calf rate and 10 to 12 percent empty rates, but we want to improve it. From what I have found through doing research and talking to farmers and representative from different breeding companies, the Red breed seems to tick those boxes pretty well – particularly the health and fertility of those cows.”

Hayden Ferriman

Three Leaf Farm, New Zealand
710 cows, 3-way crossbreds using Friesian, Jersey and VikingRed

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Our customers say

Josh Philp, Australia

Have a look at the video about Josh Philp's GoldenCross farm in Australia. The findings trough scientific based research confirms what farmers as Josh Philp in Garvoc Victoria has been seen for quite a long time. Philp has a decade using the three-way breeding system in his family dairy. Josh and Lilli Philp run more than 700 head at Riverbank, a 420-hectare dairy farm they lease from Josh’s parents Barry and Vicky. Barry and Vicky came to the farm from New Zealand in 1996 and started milking NZ Friesians. 


“The animals have got to last and get in calf well. They need to walk. We now have no mastitis and no hoof issues, no lameness,” Philp says. “We are happy with the results. It is working well and proving successful for us”, he adds. Read the full story

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