better life

Average lifetime production per cow leaps by more than 1200 kg

A huge leap forward in the lifetime production achieved by cows at culling has been revealed in the 2018-2019 financial year. Compared with the previous financial year, lifetime production has increased by 1210 kg of milk and 96 kg of fat and protein. This is the first time that such a significant difference has been shown in two consecutive financial years. At culling, Dutch cows now note lifetime production that averages 31,553 kg of milk, with 1371 kg of fat and 1120 kg of protein. A combination of a longer productive life and higher milk production is behind this i…

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Dairy farmer Willem Alders about feed costs

‘Difference in feed conversion financially interesting’

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 …

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New catalogues available

The new catalogues of the August index run are available now! Take a look at the sire page for the new Holstein, Fleckvieh and MRY catalogue.

New additions

We of course added some new bulls to our portfolio with the August index run. Jacuzzi, Reloader, Champion, Skyline, Hotline and Lunar are the latest additions to the Holstein portfolio. Jacuzzi for example is the highest Red&White bull of the list and. Jacuzzi pushes the boundaries in terms of extreme components and his daughters will be extremely efficient (Better Life Efficiency +23%).

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Chinese farmers are enthusiastic about CRV

China is a country with great potential, especially in the field of dairy farming. Recently, some CRV colleagues visited this Asian country to provide trainings. Both parties are enthusiastic to work together.

 
CRV is doing business in about 70 countries all over the world and China is one of the so called ‘focus countries’, which means that this country has much potential for CRV. Bart Dronkert (area manager) and Gert-Jan van den Bosch (herd management specialist) have recently visited some farms in China to give a training.
‘We were on the JunYing Dairy farm o…

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Tackle ketosis at the source

It is probably a familiar situation: the cow that always produces a lot of milk is under the weather at the start of the lactation period. Her milk production is down, she has a poor appetite and looks lethargic. All the alarm bells ring. Are these symptoms a sign of ketosis?

Prevention is better than cure is a saying that certainly applies to ketosis. Providing an optimal feed ration can prevent a great deal of trouble, but even so some cows are more susceptible than others. As the condition is hereditary, you may have certain cow families that are more prone to ke…

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