Product benefits

  • Free of Holstein Genes
  • Excellent hybrid vigour
  • High protein content
  • Strong muscularity
  • Dairy strength and capacity
  • Good fertility
  • Durable

MRY is a modern dual purpose breed that is traditional to The Netherlands.

MRY cows produce a high protein content in milk, have great longevity, excellent body condition, and fantastic daughter fertility.



MRY is a red and white dual purpose breed. The cows are easy to manage for farmers and are robust in coping with changing conditions. MRY cows have a good fertility and they calve with ease.

The cows produce milk with a high protein %,  a favorable fat/protein ratio and they are strongly muscled.

The hoofs of the cows are strong and the rump angle of the cows is good. In general, the cows are strong, robust, calm, and muscled with thick thighs and strong legs.

  • High protein content
  • Longevity
  • Strong muscularity
  • Dairy strength and capacity
  • High condition score
  • Good fertility

MRY is widely used for crossbreeding and is the third most popular breed in the Netherlands. A modern breeding program has been developed by CRV in order to breed MRY cows that produce milk with high components, persistency, and minimum veterinary costs. CRV tests about 12 MRY sires a year. In 2017 CRV started with Genomic Selection in the MRY-population, this gave a great boost in the genetic progress, not only in the young Insire bulls, but also in the selection of new bull dams! The genomic reference population is built in close cooperation with the German AI organization RSH.


Important for successful crossbreeding is the fact that MRY is free of Holstein genes, so more hybrid vigour can be expected. Currently, more than 20% of all MRY inseminations in Holland are used for crossbreeding on Holstein cows. Farmers who need more strength and robustness, as well as farmers who operate on a more low cost, extensive system, should consider the MRY breed as an option for crossbreeding. Milk solids, fertility calving ease medium size, and durability are key words in many farming systems worldwide.
MRY for crossbreeding:

  • Free of Holstein genes
  • Excellent fertility
  • Healthy cows
  • Excellent body condition
  • Long living cows
  • High protein

'Mry is unique: both high in protein and high in turnover'
Frank van der Heijden, chairman of the MRY committee

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