The effects of heterosis are the opposite of inbreeding depression. Research indicates that heterosis really improve traits like vitality, fertility, health and survival allowing also higher production then parent average.
SHOULD I START CROSSBREEDING?
Most farmers are skeptical towards crossbreeding because they appreciate the production of their Holsteins. Many want to keep the production at the same level, but would like to have fewer problems with their cows. If you are a farmer with a Holstein herd, you'll probably recognize one of the following problems:
- Low fertility
- No increase in lifetime production
- High veterinarian costs
- Too much work per cow
- Too many problem-cows
Continuing with Holsteins and their genetics will not solve these problems. Why not?
- There is a lot of inbreeding in Holsteins, meaning many are related to each other. Inbreeding is also increasing rapidly due to genomic selection.
- Holsteins can produce a lot of milk, but need a lot of attention and therefore create additional costs.
Crossbreeding provides heterosis and solves many of these issues. Keep in mind that it still is very important to use the right breeds and the best bulls within these breeds. Only then can you maximize your benefits without loosing production per m2 farm capacity.
Why CroSsbreed with ProCross
ProCROSS is the only proven crossbreeding program used by progressive dairy farmers in the US, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Portugal and other countries. By now, the combination of VikingRed, Montbéliarde and Holstein has been proven to be the most profitable cross. The three breeds combine and compensate their strong and weak points. On top of that, you get the maximum heterosis.
How to get started with ProCross?
find your local distributor and Contact us
Contact us at VikingGenetics UK LTD
54D Frome Road
Bradford on Avon
Tel: +44 7967 597917