VIKINGRED


VikingRed is a breeding programme with 3 different 
red breeds; FAY (Finnish Ayrshire) , SRB (Swedish Red), 
and RDM (Danish Red). 

The most profitable red cow in the world

With VikingRed, you can enhance the efficiency of your herd and boost your profitability. Choosing VikingRed sires makes your cows more resistant to diseases, improves their reproductive capability and milk productivity, all at the same time. The VikingRed cow is well known for its extraordinary health, easy calvings, excellent fertility, functional conformation and high production. Choose VikingRed sires to optimise your herd for commercial dairy production.  
This unique combination of VikingRed qualities guarantees your success. Take a look at our VikingRed sire line up.

VikingRed sires will help you drive genetic progress for all the traits that are important for the profitability of your dairy business. You will achieve a high genetic level for health and reproduction traits, without compromising on production. VikingRed is a naturally healthy breed, which is why is has greater weighting in the Production index in NTM (The Nordic total merit index). 

Genetic trends for VikingRed bulls 2001-2016

Exceptional health and reproduction

VikingRed bulls breed daughters with extraordinary health. You can see below the frequency of different diseases for VikingReds for the first three lactations.

 Disease / group of disorders
Disease frequency - Population average 
 Mastitis
 7.4%
 Early reproductive disorders 
 2.8%
 Late reproductive disorders 
 7.4%
 Ketosis
 0.9%
 Other metabolic disorders
2.3% 
 Sole ulcer
 3.0%
 Sole haemorrhage
 11.6%
 Heel horn erosion
 11.2%
 Digital dermatitis  
2.8% 
 Interdigital hyperplasia
3.0% 

 Reproduction
Population average 
 Interval from calving to first insemination, cows 
83 days 
 Interval from first to last insemination, heifers 
 27 days
 Interval from first to last insemination, cows 
 47 days
 Conception rate, heifers
 59%
 Conception rate, cows
53% 
 % difficult calvings, sire, 1st lact.
 3.1%*
 % calf survival, sire, 1st lact. 
 94.2%* 


Source: NAV (2018) 
*Data on hoof disorders and calving for Sweden, Växa, Sweden (2017)

Production

The breeding population of VikingRed is over 220,000 milk recorded red cows in Sweden, Finland and Denmark. 

 Production

 No. of cows
220,000  
 Milk, kg (305 days) 
 9,095  
 Fat, kg 
 397  
 Fat, % 
 4.4  
 Protein, kg 
 318  
 Protein, % 
 3.5  
 Fat + protein, kg
 715  

Source: NAV (2018)

Interbull evaluations 

The International Bull Evaluation Service shows excellent performance for Red bulls from Denmark, Sweden and Finland compared to bulls from the rest of the world. VikingGenetics bulls are the top performers in Udder Health, Yield, Longevity, Calving, both direct and maternal for daughter-proven bulls (born 2011 or later). The Nordic countries have managed to combine high yield with superior health and reproduction. 

The International Bull Evaluation Service (Interbull) is a permanent subcommittee of the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR). Interbull is the worldwide network providing genetic information services for improvement of livestock.

VikingRed bulls rank high in international top lists, and they are prominent in pedigrees in many top bulls around the world. Much of the semen from VikingRed sires is used in the ProCROSS concept, the only scientifically proven cross breeding programme in the world.