The ten CRV test farms in the Netherlands and Flanders have a vital role to play in the breeding programme. Due to the corona restrictions, visiting the farms is still not possible. But a film can also take you behind the scenes.
The heart of CRV’s Holstein breeding programme is in Wirdum in Friesland. CRV’s Dairy Breeding Center is home to some 400 young female animals with the highest genetic predisposition for health and efficiency. They have been chosen from among very best animals in the European Holstein population and are used as donors for the breeding progr…read more ›
De Rith Nora 265 smashed the barrier of 200,000 kg of milk today. The Addison daughter, who is owned by Adrion and Lisette van Beek from Breda, is the fourth cow in the Netherlands to achieve this amazing milestone.
Nora is much cleverer than her herd mates
Nora will be 19 years old this month. She has clocked up 12 milk yield records and took a total of 5457 days to reach the magic figure of 200,000 kg of milk. Nora was bred by Jos Peeters, Lisette van Beek’s father. She has spent her entire life at the De Rith dairy farm. Measuring just 143 cm in height, she is now…
As of today, Angus Haslett is CRV’s new CEO. He succeeds Roald van Noort who successfully led CRV for the past 12,5 years. Haslett joined CRV in 2009 as Managing Director of the Business Unit Oceania and most recently also managed CRV’s USA operation.
The Supervisory Board is pleased to welcome CRV’s first international CEO. Angus has enjoyed a career in agriculture for over 25 years mostly in the dairy industry. In his period as Managing Director he has worked closely on developing Oceania’s strategy. His position also included several successful acquisitions that …read more ›
The income over feed costs is a key financial factor for Willem Alders. Feed intake data really opened his eyes to the individual differences between cows. ‘The poorest performing animals add little or nothing to the total income over feed costs. However, the best performing animals contribute more to the profit than expected’, he states.
Willem Alders had expected there would be differences, but such a large variation in feed conversion rates between individual cows came as a big surprise to the dairy farmer. The Alders family from Overloon started registering the …read more ›
The CRV Avoncroft, based in Kidderminster, is part of the globally operating organisation CRV. CowManagement publishes a series of articles about CRV, to highlight exactly what this livestock improvement organisation does and why.
History and background information
The first article contains an overview about the history and background information of CRV. Economies of scale and mergers were commonplace in CRV’s history, which began in 1874 with the founding of a herd book in The Netherlands.
Read the article here.
The second article highlights ef…