BREEDS USED IN OUR CROSSBREEDING PROGRAM

pROcross breeds

The ProCROSS system uses 3 breeds:

  • Holstein, normally the cow to start with,
  • VikingRed, the breed that was build after the merge between Swedisch Red, Finnish- and Danish Red
  • Montbeliarde, the breed from the mountain areas in France.

Starting ProCROSS will first give you F1 cows. We call them G1. (G stands for Generation).

G1  Montbeliarde x Holstein

A cow about as tall as your Holstein but with 90 kg more body condition. Slope to the rump with tremendous feet and legs. They are maturing into a big, strong dairy cow with a hidden will to milk. The Montbéliarde x Holstein G1-cross is producing at the same level as pure Holsteins. Average weight fresh: 570-590 kg. At the end of the 1st lactation: 615-750 kg.

 about the Montbéliarde

G1  Viking Red x Holstein

They are dairy cows with better body condition than Holsteins, especially in late lactation. More substance of bone with a better leg than Holsteins. They are producing  slightly less then pure Holsteins with a lower SCC and good reproduction. The VikingRed breed is built from the population Swedish Red, Finnish Red and Danisch breed. After the merge of these 3 breeds the VikingRed became 1 big breeding program. The VikingRed has both strength and dairy character. Average weight fresh: 500-575 KG. At the end of the 1st lactation: 600-640 kg.

Please do not confuse the Swedish Red or VikingRed with other Scandinavian dairy breeds. The VikingRed is the highest producing with the best type.

» about the VikingRed

"ProCROSS breeds are a perfect combination. These compensate and strenghten their specific traits."

Strong and weak points of the 3 ProCROSS PURE breeds and the result of procross:

  Holsteins VikingRed Montbéliarde ProCROSS
KG Fatt +++ ++ ++ +++
KG Protein +++ ++ ++ +++
% Fatt +++ +++ ++ +++
% Protein 0 ++ + ++
Uddershape +++ + ++ ++
Udderquality + ++ +++ ++
SCC 0 ++ ++ +++
Strenght 0 ++ +++ +++
Fertility 0 +++ +++ +++
Frame + 0 +++ ++
Feet & Legs 0 +++ +++ ++
Longevity 0 +++ ++ ++
Calving ease + +++ 0 ++
Calving abilty 0 +++ +++ +++
Beef value + 0 +++ ++