Health & Production

NO COMPROMISE ON PRODUCTION

When breeding for improved health, you don't need to compromise on production and efficiency in your herd. Even though there is zero or negative correlation between health traits and production, there is no need to give up on improving your milk yield, as both production and health traits are taken into consideration in the Nordic Total Merit (NTM) index. All VikingDefence™ bulls are high on the NTM, and that way we can ensure that they have a balanced breeding profile.

VikingHolstein bulls show strong genetic progress for health traits such as Udder Health (+19 index units), General Health (+16 index units) and Hoof Health (+10 index units) along with great progress on the Production index (+31 index units).


For VikingRed bulls, we have achieved strong genetic progress for Production (+31 index units) in combination with making good progress in Udder Health (+10 index units) and maintaining a stable genetic level for Hoof Health (+4 index units) and General Health (+1 index units). The reason why the improvement in General Health and Hoof Health is not as marked as for Holstein, is because the VikingRed breed has fewer health problems than Holstein.
 
In the case of VikingJersey, strong genetic progress for Production (+34 index units) has been combined with good progress in Udder Health (+16 index units) and General Health (+15 index units) while avoiding genetic decline in Hoof Health (+2 index units). 

Here you can see the genetic progress (EBV) achieved in the Production index and the three health traits that are included in VikingDefence™ for the bulls for the period 1996-2016 shown in index units.