August 14, 2018

Breeding program

Our breeding goal is: ‘a healthy and long lasting dairy cow that will give the optimum contribution to farm profit’

The CRV Index

For the selection of bull dams and sires of sons, CRV in The Netherlands uses its own index. In this ‘CRV-index’ a lot of weight is put upon health traits and longevity.

  CRV index

Structure of the CRV Breeding programme

To achieve the goal set for the breeding programme, CRV in The Netherlands operates two separate breeding programmes: Delta and Euro Donor.

  CRV Holstein Programme

  • Delta

From over 1000 top ranked heifer calves, the best 100 heifers based on their genomic breeding values are selected for the Delta nucleus. These heifers produce many embryos that are sold to farmers with a buy-back contract for the resulting calf. At the end of pregnancy, the heifers move to one of five cooperating farms for lactation. The superior heifers based on production, type and functional traits will return to the Delta nucleus for additional embryo production.

  • Euro Donor

Euro Donor selects the best black-and-white and red-and-white bull dams in The Netherlands, Flanders and the rest of Europe. After genotyping, the superior cows based on production, type and functional traits are contracted for embryos and bull calves. The embryo will be sold to farmers with a buy-back contract, similarly as the embryos harvested in the Delta program. From all bull calves genotyped, only the very best based on their genomic breeding values enter the progeny test program. Each year, 100 Black & White Holsteins and 45 Red Holsteins are tested through Euro Donor.

  • US gene pool

For specific pedigrees outside of Europe the US gene pool is a source of CRV genetics.



Click
here for information about NVI, the total merit index that is used in the Netherlands and Flanders for ranking bulls.


 

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