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CRV Feed efficiency

Improve your profitability by breeding with Feed Efficiency. Cows that produce more milk using less feed could help dairy farmers around the world combat rising feed costs, which show no sign of easing. Breeding towards better feed efficiency gives you higher revenues. In addition, efficient utilisation of feed also has a positive impact on the environment as it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the use of scarce resources.

HerdOptimizer Go

HerdOptimizer Go uses a genomic test to reveal the genetic potential of your female animals. The outcome consists of breeding values based on the Dutch system for over 50 traits related to milk production, health, practice proven feed efficiency scores and conformation. This will give you a reliable prediction of the performance of the animals in the future. CRV also provides unique CRV breeding indicators for health and efficiency.

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‘The bond we have with our cows is really special’

‘Ever since I was a child, my family helped out on the farm: my brother was on the tractor, my sisters helped with the cats, goats and rabbits, and I loved being among the cows. I’ve always enjoyed helping out with the cows. And I’d say that is still the case, even now that I co-own the farm with my parents and we work together every day. We know all of our cows individually. Even from a distance, we can see exactly which cow is on heat or which one has something wrong with her. We know the pedigree and milk yield of each cow off by heart. The bond we have with our cows is really special and that is what I believe makes the job so rewarding.’

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A hundred times a hundred tonnes for the Knoef family

Ben, Ingrid and Jos Knoef pictured with Big Betje 287, the hundredth hundred-tonner on their farm

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Lifetime production of Dutch cows rises to 37,401 kg of milk

In the financial year 2021-2022, the average lifetime production of dairy cows in the Netherlands rose by almost 1,800 kg to 37,401 kg of milk. The lifespan of the cows rose by almost two months.

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CRV, leading in health and efficiency

CRV Health

A healthy herd makes work more pleasurable and profitable. The CRV Health index improves fertility and udder and hoof health. This has the advantage of making herd management easier and reducing the number of cows that require treatment.

CRV Efficiency

An efficient herd has a higher output in kilograms of milk or beef using a lower input of resources. That is better for profitability and for the environment! CRV Efficiency index increases feed efficiency, boosts longevity and the herd’s production levels.