75 years of breeding


The Nordic Countries have been breeding for health traits since the 1980s, longer than anybody else in the world. Our bulls have been selected for good health for generations. 
As early as 1982, the Udder Health index was introduced into the total merit index (NTM), and the General Health index was included a few years later - in 1987. The Hoof Health index in NTM was introduced in 2011, while data registrations from hoof trimmers on hoof disorders date from 2003.
As we have had strict veterinary regulations when it comes to the use of antibiotics, we needed to get around the use of antibiotics and this is how this now 40-year tradition of breeding for health started. Breeding for health would not be possible without a reliable registration system that is the solid base for estimation of breeding values. 

By choosing VikingDefence™, you can benefit from the best and most reliable documentation for health traits.