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VikingGoldenCross is being used in many parts of the world. We have many years of experience with science-based crossbreeding, and we have happy customers in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and many other countries. 

Study by Dairy Australia

A study conducted by Dairy Australia, the national service body for the Australian dairy industry compared the different crossbreds and purebred herds on a pasture-based system. The researchers analysed data from more than 23 million lactation records from almost 900,000 cows on 18,207 farms.

The study showed that in terms of the three-way cross, there is no significant difference in volume of milk; however, the protein and fat percentages, the survival (how long the cows are in the herd), conception rate (CR), the six weeks In Calf Rate (6wICR) of the three breed cows outperformed the backcross animals (two cross system). 

How can it be possible to have higher gross margins on the same amount of milk?

The answer is that a GoldenCross cow is more fertile. This means that the cow lives longer in the herd and the effect is that she depreciates less each year. "That change in depreciation cost is pure profit into the farmer’s hand”, one of the researchers says.
If you manage your farming system appropriately, you make fewer replacements to keep your herd together, so this is less money in rearing costs. Within a herd that requires 25% replacements, is $500 per cow, per year cost in replacement. So, together the reduced depreciation plus reduced rearing costs are extra income for the crossbreeding cows.
Among the conclusions regarding three-way crossbreeding, three of them can be emphasized:
  • the long-term commitment brings the best results,
  • the smaller size of the cows brings benefits 
  • the importance to select only the best bulls of every breed
$2,000 -> 4 years -> sold for $800 = $300 depreciation per year
$500 replacement cost per cow / year /
25% replacements per year
$1,400 -> 6 years -> sold for $650 = $125 depreciation per year
$330 replacement cost per cow / year /
17% replacements per year

Josh Philp, Australia

Have a look at the video about Josh Philp's GoldenCross farm in Australia. The findings trough scientific based research confirms what farmers as Josh Philp in Garvoc Victoria has been seen for quite a long time.

Philp has a decade using the three-way breeding system in his family dairy. Josh and Lilli Philp run more than 700 head at Riverbank, a 420-hectare dairy farm they lease from Josh’s parents Barry and Vicky. Barry and Vicky came to the farm from New Zealand in 1996 and started milking NZ Friesians. 

“The animals have got to last and get in calf well. They need to walk. We now have no mastitis and no hoof issues, no lameness,” Philp says. “We are happy with the results. It is working well and proving successful for us”, he adds. Read the full story

Dairy farming in Northern Victoria is tough at the moment, and without cross breeding I wouldn’t be here!
Longer lasting healthier cows with much less replacements.

Arjan Prins, Australia

Study in Denmark

Researchers from SEGES in Denmark have found that three-way cross cows, when compared to Holstein cows are healthier and have better fertility.

Key findings: 

  • +63 kg fat for the first 3 lactations
  • -15 days calving interval
  • -8 days period from the first to the last insemination
  • -40% reproductive disorders
  • -44% hoof disorders
  • -35% metabolic disorders 
In my mind, the three key benefits of VikingGoldenCross cows are Longevity, Health and Reproduction. If reproduction is one of your main headaches, I am sure you will see early results if you choose to use VikingGoldenCross.

Kim Ellebaek Hansen,
185 VikingGoldenCross cows, Denmark


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