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VIKING RED BREED INFORMATION

 

The breeding goal for VikingRed is economic, healthy and fertile cows with easy calvings, high production and functional conformation. The breeding goal is described in the NTM index ensuring maximum progress for all economically important traits.

The breeding basis for VikingRed is 360,000 red cows – 40,000 in Denmark (Danish Red), 130,000 in Sweden (Swedish Red) and 190,000 in Finland (Finnish Ayrshire). The breeding goal is the same in all three countries and the characteristics for the red cow is milk with high fat and protein components, strong hooves, good fertility and udder health, easy calvings and functional mammary. VikingRed has a low level of inbreeding compared to other diary breeds.

Genomic selection is an important tool when VikingGenetics finds the best bull calves for the breeding program. VikingGenetics tests 2,000 VikingRed bull calves per year, and the best 200 will have daughter proofs from daughters in lactation in approx. 10,000 Danish, Swedish and Finnish herds of red cows.

VikingRed is world-leading in the red breeds, and Viking’s bulls range high in the international top lists. A large part of the semen from the VikingRed sires is exported to be used in crossbreeding programs in other dairy breeds.

Breed statistics

Trait Value
No. of cows 290,405
Milk, kg 8674
Fat, kg 374
Fat % 4.31
Protein, kg 304
Protein % 3,50
Fat + Protein, kg 678kg

 

SWEDISH RED BREED INFORMATION

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One efficient breeding program with strong emphasis on health, calvings and fertility has made the Swedish Red world famous as a functional and profitable cow - the Crown Jewel of the Red breeds. Swedish Red is a robust and healthy dairy cow, with an excellent fertility, health and tremendous calving ease. In addition to that Swedish Red is the only Red breed in the world that can compete with Holsteins when it comes to production.

The Swedish Red cow is a red medium sized cow, about 140 cm tall and about 550 kg mature weight. Swedish Red is successfully used as a breed improver not only in other red populations world wide, but also for cross breeding with Holstein to improve fertility, calving ease and udder health.

Breed statistics, Swedish Red - 2008

Trait Value
No. of cows 125 878
Milk 8 730 kg / 19 229 lbs
Fat 375 kg / 826 lbs
Fat % 4,3
Protein 304 kg / 670 lbs
Protein % 3,5
Fat + Protein 679 kg / 1 496 lbs
Still births % * 5,36
Difficult calvings % * 3,46
Calving-first ins 86 days
Calving interval 13,1 months
Ins/pregnancy 1,75
SCC 81 000

* All records from first calvings

The Swedish Red cows can compete with Holsteins when it comes to production. The fact that the Swedish red bulls ranks highly according to Interbull. Their foreign daughters in countries world wide also shows the excellence of the breed. The higher components make the breed a excellent choice for producing milk for cheese production, which is the case in Italy were Swedish Red cows produce milk to produce Parmesan. Breed Statistics

Easy Calvings
Swedish Red is probably the best breed in the world when it comes to calving ease. The Outstanding easy calvings in combination with the low incidence of still born calves – is a good ground for a good economy of the herd. This does not only give the heifer a good start of her lactation but also more calves for replacement and sale. For pure bred heifers the average for calving problems is only about 4% and some SRB sires give as low frequency of calving problems as 1%. SRB is therefore a excellent choice for insemination of heifers.

Female fertility
Cows that get pregnant and calve every year are important for the economy of the dairy herd. Geneticists confirm that selection sole for production will lead to loss in the ability to concive. Female fertility has been included in the Total Merit Index since 1972, facilitate a combination of a tremendous positive trend for production with maintained fertility.

Udder health
Mastitis and high cell counts are causing big economic losses in high-production dairies. The Swedish Red has substantially lower cell counts compared to Holsteins and very low incidence of mastitis. In the breeding program, information on cell counts and clinical mastitis (compulsory reported by vets) are included.

Longevity
Traits like udder health, fertility, calving abilityand udder conformation all have a proven effect on longevity. Healthy cows live longer, it is as simple as that. The Swedish Red cow are healthy, have easy calvings and are able to resist stress caused by high production – giving you room to sell animals or growth of the herd.

 

DANISH RED BREED INFORMATION

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The Danish Red has been selected for production, fertility, calving ease, health and conformation for a long period by using the Nordic Total Merit. The Danish Red feature high production cows with great udders and fantastic conformation.

 

Breed statistics, Danish Red - 2007

Trait Value
No. of cows 41 049
Milk 8 634 kg / 19 018 lbs
Fat 361 kg / 795 lbs
Fat % 4,2
Protein 301 kg / 663 lbs
Protein % 3,5
Fat + Protein 662 kg / 1 458 lbs
Still births % * 7,4
Difficult calvings % * na
Calving-first ins 79 days
Calving interval 12,9 months
Ins/pregnancy 1,7
SCC na

* All records from first calvings


 

 
   
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