Cross Breeding

This Swedish Red cow was spruced up (using warm water!) for yesterday’s Bentham Auction Mart milk cow sale. Our herd is a mix of breeds, mainly Holstein, Swedish Red and Montbeliard. I choose across dairy breeds for characteristics like long life, good pregnancy rates, high milk production and good general health. Taking advantage of hybrid vigour is called cross breeding and it is becoming more widespread in dairy farming. Farmers are eager to learn from each other how it is done. The Farmer’s Guardian and Cow Management Magazine are coming this week to look at what we do here.

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