For the past two years, The Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), the Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation (NAV) and the University of Aarhus in Denmark together with VikingGenetics have been working on developing a Feed Efficiency Index that can stand out from other ones available on the market – an index that dairy farmers around the world can trust.
Dairy farmers around the world know that the biggest cost on farms is feed for the herd. Breeding for a cow that is more efficient in converting feed into milk kg will soon be possible with the new index VikingGenetics is about to launch.
After collecting a great deal of data in the most modern way, the cooperation between LUKE, NAV, the University of Aarhus and VikingGenetics has resulted in the index called “Saved Feed Index” that will be published by VikingGenetics in autumn 2019. Dairy farmers will be able to use the Saved Feed Index to select bulls that breed daughters that consume less feed.