Health & 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).

Here you can see the genetic trend for VikingHolstein bulls for the Production index, Daughter Fertility, Longevity
and the three health traits that are included in VikingDefence™ for the bulls  for the period 1996-2016.