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 NTM, and that way we can ensure that they have a balanced breeding profile. 

VikingHolstein bulls show strong genetic progress for health traits like Udder Health (+19 index units), General Health (+16 index units) and Hoof Health (+10 index units) together with great progress in Production index (+31 index units).

For VikingRed bulls, we have achieved a strong genetic progress for Production (+31 index units) in combination with getting good progress for Udder Health (+10 index units) and keeping the 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 big as for Holstein, is because the VikingRed breed has less health problems than Holstein. 

While for VikingJersey, strong genetic progress for Production (+34 index units) is combined with good progress for Udder Health (+16 index units) and General Health (+15 index units) and avoiding genetic decline for Hoof Health (+2 index units). 

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