Beef semen is increasingly used in the dairy industry to add value to the bull calves coming from dairy cows. VikingBeef is prepared to serve the demand of those farmers ready to grow their business with a wide variety of quality beef bulls.
These crossbred calves grow faster than purebred dairy calves and are very popular among calf breeders. Both conventional and sexed beef semen are in high demand, and sales of Y-Vik beef are increasing rapidly.
To meet the market demands, VikingGenetics has purchased more beef bulls from the frequently used beef breeds.
These bulls are then tested on dairy cows via progeny testing to obtain their crossbreeding index, Nordic Beef on Dairy Index, NBDI. The aim is of course to meet market demands and be able to deliver both sexed and conventional beef semen for crossbreeding in all breeds.
High standard of data
At VikingGenetics, we own many proven beef bulls with NBDI, and several beef bulls who are in the process of being progeny tested.
The data we collect on the progeny have the same high standards as the data recorded for dairy breeds.
The farmer delivers data on the birth, the slaughterhouse provides data on the carcass and the calf rearer and his veterinarian on the health of the progeny. This way, we obtain reliable breeding values for the bulls.