Dairy producers from across the globe come to Tulare, California in February to scout for the best solutions to challenges they are experiencing. It’s clear that commercial dairymen using Norwegian Red are getting the word out – – this breed boosts fertility, health and, most importantly, profitability.
Here are some comments from dairy producers who have tried or are ready to try the Norwegian Red… for all the right reasons.
“Straight Holstein does not make sense in my component market and when you consider the feed costs and fertility and health improvements from crossing with Norwegian Reds and Jerseys in a rotation, I make a lot more money with the crosses.”
“Norwegian Red make a lot of sense for everyone who has Jersey X Holstein crosses. They give me an impressive combination of fertility, health and productivity in my 2-way crosses with Holstein, too.”
One large producer indicated that he was not interested in crossbreeding because he did not think anything could be as good as Holsteins for milk income. After finding out that crosses produce almost the same milk income (due to higher milk solids content) as Holsteins but at a much cheaper cost, he is now seriously looking at crossbreeding with Norwegian Reds.
The ABS Global and Geno Global team has had a lot of follow up since the Tulare show related to crossbreeding. Interest in Norwegian Reds for crossing continues to grow as more and more herds are realizing that crossbred cows from top sires will be more profitable that purebreds from top sires in commercial herd settings.
Warm, clear weather with highs in the 70’s helped to boost attendance to a new high of 106,349 for overall show attendance during the 3-day show. Progressive Dairyman’s Walt Cooley showcased some cool things he saw at the Expo here.
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