“The fertility costs are less, we have fewer fertility interventions, we’ve got better yields. It’s just a win-win situation. People say if things sound too good to be true, they can’t be real, but this is really great.” Karen says.
The Martin family are now milking 370 cows using the ProCROSS system at Longford Farm, which consists of 590 acres on two different sites.
Karen became involved with the business when she married Jonathan 20 years ago. Back then, they we were milking 120 Holsteins. “We were getting disillusioned with Holsteins because they were getting very extreme. We were struggling with feet, fertility and production,” Karen says.
She explains that since farming is an isolated industry, they didn’t realize there was an alternative until they got in contact with VikingGenetics and got invited to go and see ProCROSS´ herds in Denmark.
“It was really informative. I met farmers there who were all very welcoming and wanted to spread the word,” Jonathan explains. “We didn’t do much internet research; we were more hands on,” Karen adds.