Thursday, 2 November 2017

VikingDefence™ is here!

The defence is in the genes

VikingDefence™ is the combined name for all health traits that we have been breeding for for decades in the Nordic countries. Our bulls have been selected to breed high producing and healthy cows. They breed daughters with a natural defence against diseases, VikingDefence™

Lately in media, there has been a lot of coverage regarding the low use of antibiotics in the dairy industry in the Nordic countries, compared to the rest of the world, and that is a result of the responsibility we have taken in breeding. We care about natural, healthy animals, and a responsibility for a sustainable dairy production where people, environment and animals are in focus.

VikingDefenceTM includes those traits with registrations from clinical diseases made by veterinarians and hoof trimmers. This sophisticated cooperation for data registrations is unique for the Nordic countries.

Dairy producers in the Nordic countries have a long tradition and feel a strong commitment to being a part of the registration system. The reason for this is that the data that each farmer receives is the strongest management tool they have as a professional dairy farmer today.

Registering the specific clinical cases, as we do in the Nordic countries makes the breeding far more successful than when relying on correlated traits such as somatic cell count, feet & legs, and immunity.

Some people claim that it's not possible to breed for better health, because heritability is too low, only 2-5%, but as long as there is a variation between bulls, selection works! Since we have reliable data in, we also get reliable data out. That’s the secret behind successful breeding!
In the Nordic countries we have been breeding for health traits longer than anybody else We have the most sophisticated registration system in the world that gives us the most reliable breeding values. Trust VikingDefenceTM, the natural defence for healthy animals! Healthy cows – better life, for you and your cows!

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