VikingGenetics had a Viking On Tour event in Estonia in the beginning of October. On the first day the participants had a field day at Härjanurme herd, where the focus was on hoof health. There was a demonstration of hoof trimming. The hoof trimmer showed in practice how to handle the cows, trim the hoofs and save the treatment data. There is not a central data base where to send the treatment information, but the herds can get a report and list of treated cows.
The Härjanurme herd has 1,050 cows with the average production of 12,000 kg milk, 4.20% fat and 3.45% protein. Most of the cows are VikingHolsteins but there are also some VikingRed and crossbred cows in the herd too. Härjanurme farm has been under Danish ownership since 2006.
The herd has used VikingGenetics’ bulls for years. “Already the first generation looks good. The plan is to get harmonic herd with high production, health and functional conformation. The next generation will be always better than the previous,” says Leo Hansen, the herd manager of Härjanurme.