Our breeding goal is: ‘Healthy and efficient cows that you love to milk’
Our unique Dutch Holstein product offers the key to herd profitability. Dutch Holstein bulls are selected on three tiers: high components, excellent health and high efficiency.
Breeding Dutch Holstein into your herd will lead to improvement of premium milk production, lower veterinary costs and lower feed costs. In addition, Dutch Holstein offer great longevity which means lower culling rates and fewer replacements.
To support farmers in selecting the specific bulls they want, we have developed the Better Life Figures. These figures are proprietary to CRV and provide the most accurate way of breeding for health and efficiency.
Selecting the highest ‘Better Life Health’ bulls will lead to easier to manage (healthier) cows and selecting the highest ‘Better Life Efficiency’ bulls will lead to higher lifetime production with lower feed intake.
This overall-breeding goal results in overall sustainable and profitable cows.
To achieve the goal set for the breeding program, the breeding program for the Dutch Holstein product operates with two separate breeding programmes: Delta Nucleus and Euro Donor.
The structure of the breeding program can be seen in the figure below.
Click here for information about NVI, the total merit index that is used in the Netherlands and Flanders for ranking bulls.