In VikingGenetics we have been focusing on health traits since 1985, which is longer than anybody else in the world! We have always believed that a healthy cow is an economic cow for the farmer, a cow that is high producing, gets in calf, has easy calving’s, stays healthy and has a functional conformation.
In Scandinavia we are lucky because we have a registration system that is unique. All reports from the field such as veterinarians, hoof trimmers, technicians, classifiers etc. about the cows go into the same database.
This is unique, and makes our breeding values very accurate and precise! Daughter groups are also big, from 150-200 daughters, which give us breeding values with high reliability, also on the health traits.