An impressive series of show successes and a big list of 100-tonners. With this, the herd of the Hermanussen family from Beers (The Netherlands) has already attracted attention for years. Since Barendonk Holsteins have been active as a CRV test farm, former donors of the Delta breeding programme have been pushing up the number of 100-tonners.
Seven 100-tonners in a year and a half
Former donors of the breeding programme are well represented in the list of the seven 100-tonners of the past eighteen months. Since 2012, every year ten to fifteen Delta heifers have been enrolled in the dairy herd at the CRV test farm which counts 270 animals. Four animals of the first groups of Delta donors reached the milestone of one hundred thousand litres. Is this a coincidence or a result of selection by CRV? We are asking Marcel Fox, coordinator of the Delta breeding programme.
Good management and good genes
'The management has to be good and breeding gives the final push', says Ivo Hermanussen, who together with his brother Jens took over the business from their parents Jan and Liesbeth Hermanussen. With sixteen 100-tonners from the breeding farm on the Cooperation CRV website, this is truly a family achievement. We introduce some of the cows to you.