NORDIC COUNTRIES, PIONEERS IN BREEDING 

fOR HEALTH TRAITS

The Nordic Countries have been breeding for health traits since the 1980's, longer than anybody else in the world has. Our bulls have been selected for good health in generations. That also means that our bulls have more outcross pedigrees compared to bulls from many other countries, because we believed in something different. Until 1994, no other countries in the world used health traits in cattle breeding. 


Today we know that all successful AI companies try to get as much information as possible about health trait, because it’s so important in modern dairy industry.
Our Nordic Total Merit Index (NTM) is a complete breeding goal including both production and functional traits. Its development is the story of our commitment to a more integrated and sustainable cattle breeding. From late the 1970's the three Nordic cooperatives that eventually merged to form VikingGenetics started to implement methods to ensure the balanced breeding goal. 

VIKINGGENETICS HAS BEEN BREEDING FOR HEALTH TRAITS SINCE the 1980'S, LONGER THAN ANYBODY ELSE