25.05.2020
Passive improvements are an easy route to better fertility
Are you overlooking the passive improvement you could gain in your herds’ fertility? In combination with good management practices, a consistent focus on breeding for better fertility plays a critical role in improving your bottom line. 
25.05.2020
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15.05.2020
Daughter fertility as the top culling reason
Poor fertility is one of the most common reasons for culling in dairy herds in the Nordic countries. Valuable data regarding the farmer’s decision to cull cows of all dairy breeds clearly shows this. It is probably the same story all over the world, thus underlining the need for keeping a full focus on improving female fertility together with achieving progress in production.
15.05.2020
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15.05.2020
PCR Ranking - Select your bulls for crossbreeding
ProCROSS, with 20 years’ experience in dairy crossbreeding, has created a unique index adapted to the selection objectives of modern dairy farmers: the PCR index.
15.05.2020
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06.05.2020
Artificial intelligence makes cows more feed efficient and climate friendly
A new research project launched by VikingGenetics enables how much feed a cow consumes can now be measured with the use of Artificial Intelligence and 3D cameras. With this data, farmers can select for more feed efficient and climate friendly cows. The total budget for the project is 3 million Euros granted by different entities participating on it. 
06.05.2020
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29.04.2020
ProCROSS Tour USA February 2020 
In February 2020 our colleague Henrik Hansen, VikingGenetics Germany, set out on the ProCROSS trail together with customer Anders Kirch. The week-long trip to San Francisco, California had a tour group of 30 interested people from a wide variety of countries around the world. They were all interested to learn how the ProCROSS phenomenon came about.
29.04.2020
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24.04.2020
Peter Larson followed his calling for the Jersey cows
Larson is not only the Senior Breeding Manager for VikingJersey. He is also one of the leading experts on Jersey cows in the world. But things could have turned out very differently if it hadn't been for Larson’s determination to follow his heart.
24.04.2020
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05.04.2020
My vision is to make VikingRed even “greener”
Jakob Lykke Voergaard is our new Senior Breeding Product Manager for VikingRed. Voergaard (41) is married to Annette, they have two girls Rebekka (7), and Nikoline,(4). He was raised on a farm with 35-45 Holstein cows in the east central Jutland in Denmark. Even as a child, he liked to be surrounded by the cows and working in the barn. His first contact with breeding advice was when he was a teenager: “I would always want to be the one who met and talked with the breeding advisors when they visited my parents,” he recalls
05.04.2020
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23.04.2020
“In the ten years I’ve had ProCROSS cows, I have had the vet here only three times!”
As a third-generation farmer, Martin Mühlinghaus operates his family business, Ingelsbrucher Hof in Velbert, near Wuppertal in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. 
23.04.2020
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20.04.2020
Strategic alliances to strengthen VikingJersey
VikingJersey is expanding its breeding programme through cooperation agreements with strong partners in the United Kingdom, Norway and France. 
20.04.2020
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17.04.2020
“My only regret is that I didn't adopt the ProCROSS system sooner” 
André is a fifth-generation farmer in Rantrum, a small village of 1,800 inhabitants not far from Flensburg. He has been a full-time farmer at his home farm for eight years, with a herd of 260 dairy cows which includes both Holstein and ProCROSS animals.
17.04.2020
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16.04.2020
Breeding for improved fertility for over 40 years
A dairy farm begins with a calf, and satisfactory female fertility is therefore an important part of any dairy business. A cow needs a calf periodically to be able to re-start lactation and continue milk production while heifer calves are also needed to replace older cows.
16.04.2020
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03.04.2020
Bull dams in the spotlight 
To be among the few selected bulls that get to become the sires of the next generation, males need to match many requirements. Even though genomic testing is crucial and highly reliable for a bull to be selected, VikingGenetics always makes a visual examination of a dam before making the final decision to purchase. 
03.04.2020
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01.04.2020
Spring Sale Is Here! 
See all the amazing offers and contact our sales team to order! 
01.04.2020
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12.03.2020
VikingGenetics taking actions to avoid spreading of COVID-19
VikingGenetics is taking all the necessary actions to avoid spreading of the Coronavirus, after the classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic and aligned with the recommendation from the government in all our home markets.
12.03.2020
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26.03.2020
Morten Jacobsen: “VikingGenetics cows simply do a better job”
In April 2017, Morten Jacobsen bought a business with Holstein cows near Tarm in west Denmark. The previous owner did not use VikingGenetics, unlike Jacobsen. And he can see a marked difference.
26.03.2020
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24.03.2020
X-Vik, driving a successful breeding strategy at Havdal Jersey farm 
Havdal Jersey farm is located in Søften a few kilometres outside Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus. Jørn Mikkelsen and his daughter, Mette, own and run this prosperous dairy farm where the speciality is fresh Jersey milk and home-made ice cream. 
24.03.2020
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11.03.2020
Sustainability is running a profitable business while safeguarding the environment
Sofia and Gustav Kämpe started their dairy business in 2008 together with Gustav’s parents, and bought the farm in 2015.  During this time, they built a new barn and increased the herd from 100 to 200 cows. The family also includes Viggo, 10 and Hilda, 8. 
11.03.2020
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08.03.2020
No fuss VikingHolsteins are the ideal commercial cow at the farm of Jorgen Pedersen in Denmark 
Jorgen Pedersen and his wife run their farm in Vildbjerg, Denmark, where they have 375 Holstein cows. They bought the farm 29 years ago and started farming with 65 cows. Now their 20-year old son runs operations with a clear strategy to achieve high genetic progress. 
08.03.2020
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11.02.2020
From pure Holstein to ProCROSS
Anders Kirch is the manager of a farm with Holstein cows in Denmark but in February 2019 he began to inseminate with Montbeliarde and VikingRed and thus took the first steps towards a ProCROSS herd.
11.02.2020
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27.02.2020
TriCross Dairy relies on ProCROSS
TriCross Dairy was cofounded by Californian brothers-in-law Tom Koolhaas and Wes Bylsma. Their dairy facilities, which were completed in November 2017, include a 1,100 by 600-foot cross ventilated free stall barn and a 100-cow rotary parlour. TriCross Dairy is home to 5,000 head of dairy cows.
27.02.2020
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13.02.2020
Argentina – turning a crisis into an opportunity
As a country, Argentina seems to be in a state of permanent financial crisis. However its agricultural sector tends to find a way to turn difficulties into opportunities. 
13.02.2020
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12.02.2020
No relevant correlation between progressive motility and field fertility 
Progressive motility is one of the semen quality parameters evaluated in the laboratory, and it describes the ability of spermatozoa to progressively move towards oocyte and is seen by many parties as directly correlated to field fertility. 
12.02.2020
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20.01.2020
VikingGenetics´ female genomic testing now available in the UK
VikingGenetics is expanding its range of services with the launch of female genomic testing and corrective mating packages.
20.01.2020
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27.01.2020
Feed efficient cows power Ellinglund Organic Farm in Denmark 
Gert Glob Lassen took over Ellinglund Økologi (organic) farm in Silkeborg, Denmark, from his father in 2006. Gert and his wife Anne are passionate organic milk producers and have become a reference farm in Europe for efficiency and success with the three-way crossbreeding system, ProCROSS.  
27.01.2020
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20.01.2020
Adelgaard farm – Fulfilling the call to improve the breed 
Vagn Lindy Petersen´s farm Adelgaard Jerseys is renowned as a reference farm for progressive genetics for the Jersey cattle breeding. Nationally ranked as number two for whole herd classification average and number one for First Calf Heifer classification. 
20.01.2020
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16.01.2020
Total merit indexes - NTM vs. PLI
Learn about how the Nordic Total Merit index (NTM) differ from £PLI – in terms of traits included and the weight allocated to the specific traits. NTM delivers the well-balanced breeding goal for improving production, health, reproduction performance and functional conformation. Read further and learn how you can benefit from relying on NTM as your breeding goal.
16.01.2020
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09.01.2020
We move fast, but are we moving too fast?
When genomic selection was first being introduced, whether this would result in more or less inbreeding for the animals was a topic of debate. As we can now scientifically demonstrate, it has not resulted in more inbreeding for VikingHolstein. So, the answer to the headline is “NO”.  
09.01.2020
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06.01.2020
VikingGenetics’ values and aims 
Ambitious, Trustworthy, Customer-oriented, Committed, are the four values that guide us in our everyday work and in everything we do as a company. These values contribute to our success and growth and ensure that we can continue to do business tomorrow and support our customers in achieving their goals. 
06.01.2020
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27.12.2019
ARLA accelerating the green transition
At our most recent VikingAcademy, which is a forum where we meet our Global Distributors, Poul Bank Pettersson, Director, Regional Manager and Member relations Denmark from Arla Foods  (Nordic multinational dairy company), explained how the company is working with their members to implement a plan to reduce the carbon footprint of milk production. 
27.12.2019
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19.12.2019
Clear breeding strategy - the key to managing market fluctuations 
Nina and Hannu Hokkanen have adapted to the lower milk prices. They don’t use external labour anymore and have minimised machinery and other investments. Their efforts in the breeding plan have been the secret behind their high-yielding herd’s daily life.
19.12.2019
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18.12.2019
VikingGenetics and the Jersey Cattle Society UK sign a strategical agreement 
VikingGenetics (VG) and the Jersey Cattle Society of the United Kingdom (JCSUK) have announced a joint agreement which will increase the ambition and scope of each organisation’s Jersey breeding programme.
18.12.2019
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13.12.2019
VikingHolstein - Master of Udder Health 
VikingGenetics has more focus on improving udder health than any other company in the world and is the leader when it comes genetic level for udder health.
13.12.2019
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11.12.2019
 “When health is in the genes, you can focus on other things”
The Mortensen family, owners of the Nørskovgaard farm with 160 Jersey cows, are making steady generational progress to guarantee their high-performance standard with the introduction of milking robots.  
11.12.2019
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04.12.2019
VikingGenetics is leading efforts to reduce carbon footprint by genetic selection
Ruminant livestock make a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and livestock production can account for up to 15% of greenhouse gases produced worldwide according to various scientific studies. As methane is a potentially harmful greenhouse gas there is a global interest in reducing the amount of methane produced. 
04.12.2019
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29.11.2019
ProCROSS driving up profitability 
The use of three-way cross breeding in dairy operations is a popular topic at present. With more farmers using the system, the results of adopting this strategy are now starting to bear fruit. 
29.11.2019
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25.11.2019
Three Reasons Why VikingGenetics Breeding Programme Is Innovative
As our new branding campaign notes, the dairy industry is going to play a key role in meeting the rising demands of sustainable food production. This will put the spotlight on dairy farmers who, to accomplish this must ensure their farms are sustainable and their herds efficient. 
25.11.2019
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25.11.2019
Black Friday Sales Week Is Here! 
See the best offers and act fast as there's limited stock! 
25.11.2019
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18.11.2019
Handle antimicrobials with care. We all have a role to play. 
This year again, VikingGenetics is joining the campaign to raise awareness of the use of antibiotics. 
18.11.2019
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11.11.2019
Visit us at AgriScot
We would like to welcome you at our stand at AgriScot on 20th November in Edinburgh, Scotland. You can find us at Highland hall, stand 35.
11.11.2019
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22.10.2019
VikingGenetics appoints Henrik Biilmann as new CEO       
VikingGenetics is pleased to announce that Henrik Biilmann is appointed as CEO starting 1 February 2020.
22.10.2019
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22.10.2019
Interbull confirms high genetic level for VikingGenetics' bulls
The International Bull Evaluation Service (Interbull) confirms the excellent genetic level for VikingGenetics' bulls for all the traits of economic importance. 
22.10.2019
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14.10.2019
VikingJersey success at annual herd competitions in South Africa
Herd competitions are organised by the different Jersey Clubs in South Africa on an annual base. It has been very popular throughout the years and a lot of emphasis is put on especially type. 
14.10.2019
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16.08.2019
VikingRed at the top of the £PLI ranking for Ayrshires in UK 
Seven of the top 10 bulls for the All available Ayrshires and Red Bulls ranked in the UK are from VikingGenetics
16.08.2019
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14.08.2019
VikingJersey leading the way for the Jersey breed in the UK 
The August proofs for the UK shows an outstanding performance of the VikingJersey bulls. The list of the top five best not-Holstein breeds, Jersey bulls in the United Kingdom has a new front-runner, as Danish VJ Tudvad moves up from third position, with a PLI of £508, as the AHDB informed after the August proofs.
14.08.2019
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13.08.2019
VH Balisto Brook - the new number one proven bull is shaking up the rankings in UK
VikingHolstein Balisto Brook is making history in the United Kingdom (UK) ranking number one for the daughter-proven Holstein sires and toping the new index of autumn and spring calving which is an across-breed ranking. 
13.08.2019
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12.08.2019
Saved Feed index 
With the new breeding values in August 2019, NAV (Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation) releases the first part of the Saved Feed index. The Saved Feed index will in the future include two separate breeding values for maintenance efficiency and metabolic efficiency. Many countries and cattle breeding companies have already developed breeding values for feed efficiency, but many of them are struggling with low reliability due to lack of sufficient data. 
12.08.2019
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11.07.2019
10-year study shows crossbred dairy cows are more profitable
The world’s longest running study comparing crossbred dairy cows with purebred Holsteins has delivered its final conclusions. The study has demonstrated that ProCROSS cattle, which are bred using a three-breed cross of Holstein, Montbeliarde and Viking Red, produce daily profits which are, on average, 9-13% greater than those from a pure Holstein.
11.07.2019
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10.06.2019
Put Genetic Diversity At The Core To Avoid Economic Loss
Genetic diversity is something a successful dairy cattle breeder really should consider when planning the next generation of dairy cows. It is no secret that inbreeding - the mating of related animals - is an invisible, costly and growing hazard for dairy farmers all around the world. 
10.06.2019
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06.06.2019
Polled bulls are gaining popularity 
There is an increasing interest in using polled bulls, to breed away from horned cows and thereby avoid dehorning of calves. In other countries such as Germany, this is an area that is greatly in focus, and they have many polled bulls to choose between. In the Nordic countries, the focus has been limited until recently. Currently, approximately 10 % of the AI bulls carry polled genes, but this number is increasing.   
06.06.2019
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27.05.2019
Saved Feed Index to be released in autumn 2019
For the past two years, The Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), the Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation (NAV) and the University of Aarhus in Denmark together with VikingGenetics have been working on developing a Feed Efficiency Index that can stand out from other ones available on the market – an index that dairy farmers around the world can trust.
27.05.2019
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22.05.2019
New VikingNews is online now!
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22.05.2019
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10.05.2019
Spring Sale! 
Have you checked out our Spring Sale yet? Hurry before the stock runs out!
10.05.2019
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26.04.2019
Germany goes healthy - New Health Index Released
The April index run of Germany announced an interesting change in their focus. Germany introduced a new overall health index and are next in line to see the value of cost reduction also from a breeding perspective – a focus that the Nordic countries and VikingGenetics have had for over 40 years. 
26.04.2019
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24.04.2019
The relation between kg solids to body weight makes Jersey the perfect choice
Dennis and Erin Lomax believe the Jersey cow is the perfect choice when it comes to kilograms of milk solids to kilograms of cow body weight. The Lomax’s are achieving an average of 525 kg milk solids from a 475 average body weight cow.
24.04.2019
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12.04.2019
“It would not feel right milking any other breed”
Jersey Breeder, Rhys Thompson breeds Jersey cows in the upper reaches of the beautiful Mitta Valley, North East Victoria, Australia. Rhys along with his wife Laura and three children, George aged 4, Gracie aged 3 and Harriet aged 1, are the fourth generation also to own the family business and maybe young George will make it number five!
12.04.2019
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09.04.2019
 “The love of cattle breeding was there from the beginning” 
Erik Thompson, Sales Manager for VikingGenetics Australia
Since a child, Erik has always had a special love for dairy cows. “I was doing something a little different to what the “main pack” was doing,” he recalls. “I certainly share the same passion for dairy cows that my father Bill Thompson was known for in the Australian dairy industry.” 
09.04.2019
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04.04.2019
Hans Peter Lildholdt is an ambassador for VikingRed
As Danish Red cows are not as widespread in Denmark as other breeds, Hans Peter Lildholdt feels he has a bigger responsibility, both in terms of his contribution to breeding and the story of Danish Reds.
04.04.2019
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22.03.2019
Sustainable genetics from the Nordics
Are Nordic cows the best in the world? Watch the video! 
22.03.2019
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18.03.2019
Total merit indexes – NTM vs. JPI
Total merit indexes like NTM (Nordic Total Merit), JPI, TPI NM$ index, PLI, BPI among others are important genetic selection tools. The indexes differ by the traits covered and by the weight allocated to the specific traits.
18.03.2019
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06.03.2019
Optimisation as a growth strategy rather than expansion
Anders Forsberg is operations manager at Gl. Krogaard in Ullerslev on Funen, and he is a man with ambition. He cares for the 250 cows here as though they were his own, because one day they will be.
06.03.2019
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27.02.2019
Viking sends semen, embryos and Jersey heifers to Uganda
With the aim of improving milk production in Uganda, VikingDenmark has entered into a long-term partnership with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Uganda. 
27.02.2019
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18.02.2019
ProCROSS cows improving the bottom line at Casal de Quintanelas farm 
The Casal de Quintanelas farm is located in Sintra, Portugal and has been using the ProCROSS system since 2007. The farm has 370 ProCROSS cows and owner, Antonio Castanhe­ria, took over the farm after managing it for several years.
18.02.2019
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13.02.2019
Genetics from VikingGenetics brings results in Estonia
In the farm Härjanurme in Estonia they have 1,074 cows and use solely genetics from VikingGenetics. 
13.02.2019
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08.02.2019
"NTM has certainly turbo charged breeding"
Bjørn Lyngholm bases his breeding work on NTM at his farm near Gørding in Denmark. An enterprise that has now added a bull, VJ Dandi, to its breeding programme.
08.02.2019
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31.01.2019
NTM is about money
As a dairy farmer, you are a very busy person, and you need to be an expert on so many things to keep your farm running. 
31.01.2019
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30.01.2019
High quality offspring by using cutting-edge tools in Rabbalshede farm in Sweden
Tomas Moberg and his brother Björn are the fourth generation with a passion for cattle breeding on Rabbalshede farm. 
30.01.2019
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23.01.2019
The couple behind VR Wild: “NTM is what counts for us”
Nita and Jakob Gade have 385 Danish Red cows on their Stakildgaard farm, and their breeding strategy links in NTM to achieve the best possible end results.
23.01.2019
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22.01.2019
Follerbakken Holstein Herd in Denmark
Ella and Soren Kaae have 240 Holstein cows in their herd, Follerbakken, close to Frederikshavn in the very north of Denmark. 
22.01.2019
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17.01.2019
Identifying genetic disorders with genomic testing
Genetic information will be published in the Nordic national cattle databases in Finland, Denmark, and Sweden, and it is already available on all bull profiles on VikingGenetics’ websites. 
17.01.2019
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10.01.2019
VH Don Red - the bull from Vammen Holstein
Kim Fagerlin has added VH Don Red - the first ever Red Holstein bull, that is now top of the list in the breeding programme.
10.01.2019
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02.01.2019
"We always use a narrow spectrum of antibiotics"
Sofia Muñoz is a district vet based on the west coast of Sweden and employed by the Swedish Board of Agriculture - a government agency. She explains that they are not only responsible for border control and official tasks but are also active in both large and small animal practices.
02.01.2019
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07.12.2018
"in our barn Mastitis is 1% in average, and we are happy with this"
Erik Dolby and his wife Anne-Marie have been breeding for a medium sized cow at Fuglsøgaard farm in Denmark and as a result of this strategy, they are now increasing production while decreasing diseases in their herd.
07.12.2018
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16.11.2018
“The mix of passion for cows with the curiosity of people is what I enjoy the most.”
Sara Wiklert Peterson, Head of Sales, in charge of the three priority export markets for VikingGenetics: United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. She is a member of the Management team and the chief manager at VG Skara, Sweden. Sara was also in charge of the Export Manager group to global markets and a pioneer in the development of the crossbreed system, ProCROSS. 
16.11.2018
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17.10.2018
Total merit indexes – NTM vs. TPI 
Total merit indexes like NTM (Nordic Total Merit), TPI, NM$ index, PLI, BPI among others are important genetic selection tools. The indexes differ by the traits covered and by the weight allocated to the specific traits
17.10.2018
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31.07.2018
Denmark's top three high-producing herds - Lars Remme
Meet Lars Remme - owner of the highest yielding organic herd in Denmark.
31.07.2018
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13.08.2018
VikingGenetics bulls are ruling the £PLI lists after August proof run!
VikingGenetics bulls are dominating the August runs in the UK.
13.08.2018
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30.07.2018
Denmark's top three high-producing herds - Torben Thorsen
Meet Torben Thorsen - owner of Denmark’s highest yielding mixed herd
30.07.2018
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23.07.2018
Denmark's top three high-producing herds - Bjarne V. Hansen 
Meet Bjarne V. Hansen - owner of the highest yielding herd in Denmark.
23.07.2018
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18.07.2018
ProCROSS cows are more efficient than pure Holsteins in converting feed into milk
The ProCROSS conference in Lisbon, Portugal  “Lower feed costs – increase your profit” gathered farmers and journalists from the most progressive dairy markets in Europe. Participants came from Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden. The purpose of the two-day conference and farm visits was to officially launch the results of the latest trial from the University of Minnesota regarding feed efficiency on crossbred cows in the ProCROSS system.
18.07.2018
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10.07.2018
Time for fine-tuning at the organic farm Lövåsa in Sweden
Dag Arvidsson, the owner of Lövåsa farm, is an early adopter when it comes to new genetics, first buying embryos 20 years ago. “Two years ago I started to genomically test all females and use the bottom 30% of the herd for beef. This is the fastest way to make genetic progress in the herd,” he says. 
10.07.2018
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27.06.2018
Lower methane production through breeding
Methane emissions release both energy and  a potent greenhouse gas. VikingGenetics is conducting research with the aim of reducing methane emissions – not only to help the environment but also to improve dairy cow efficiency. Research into methane emissions has been pursued in parallel with research into feed efficiency.
27.06.2018
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04.06.2018
ProCROSS, a successful option in the dairy business worldwide
November 15, 1998 was the birth date of a new crossbreeding system in Oakdale, California. The three breeds were Holstein, VikingRed and Montbeliarde. This would become the world unique university proven crossbreeding programme known as ProCROSS.
04.06.2018
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