”I love my crossbred cows!”

Oulton House Farm LTD is a dairy farm in Staffordshire, close to the Shorpshire border in UK. The herd is Holstein based, but also crossbreeding has been used and it has increased a lot during last years.
They milk nowadays 550 cows. Milk production is 9700 kg milk per cow per year and the milk is collect-ed by Tesco and used for liquid products. 
Animal welfare is very important and all the cows are in grazing system. For years, the main the farm has focused in breeding for health, fertility and temperament. “There are hardly no problems with calv-ings” tells Sally Lea, the dairy manager of the herd and continues proudly: “We have lost very few calves during last years!”
Most of the calves are now crossbred, sired by Viking Red, Montbeliarde or Fleckvieh and they look wonderful: strong, active, clean and healthy. ProCross works very well in this farm. 
When you see these calves it is easy to believe Sally when she says: “I love my crossbred cows!”


The Nordic Total Merit Index (NTM) is the most complete breeding index around the world; it has more than 60 sub-traits combined into 14 main traits that aim for healthy, fertile, high producing and long-lasting cows with good conformation. Results show that selecting for high NTM gives progress in all traits included in the NTM index.
Gustav Kämpe owner of Torpet Farm in Sweden, with 180 dairy cows (60% VikingRed and 40% VikingHolstein) agrees with the success of choosing the top ranked NTM sires.

”We look very carefully at the NTM; 
this is the way you do a long-term breeding plan where you get the possibility to develop your 
production at its optimum at the same time as you breed for healthy cows”

Gustav Kämpe


”We started using VikingGenetics because of how the Holsteins are bred from the NTM system
which has so much data and high reliability. Our Viking cows have been producing 
at a high level and remained healthy, they are such 
good cows to work with” 

 John Hibberson
Numurkah in North East Victoria, Australia