17.10.2018
Total merit indexes – NTM vs. TPI 
Total merit indexes like NTM (Nordic Total Merit), TPI, NM$ index, PLI, BPI among others are important genetic selection tools. The indexes differ by the traits covered and by the weight allocated to the specific traits
17.10.2018
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09.10.2018
Visitors from Lithuania at VikingGenetics 
Few weeks ago we hosted a group of Lithuanian visitors to Denmark. The farmers and sales people from our distributor Gameta heard about VikingGenetics and our breeding program and philosophy. 
09.10.2018
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08.10.2018
Interbull confirms high genetic level for VikingGenetics' bulls
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.
08.10.2018
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27.09.2018
“We build our business on long-term relationships and happy customers.”
VikingGenetics opened a new subsidiary, this time in Germany. Rex A. Clausager, CEO of VikingGenetics explains more about VikingGenetics’ plan with the settlement of VikingGenetics Deutschland (VGDE) from mid-September 2018. 
27.09.2018
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20.09.2018
VikingGenetics launches a third subsidiary, this time in Germany
VikingGenetics is excited to announce the launch of a subsidiary company in Germany. VikingGenetics Deutschland is, from today, operating with increased support and service level for German dairymen as a part of planned growth to further develop dairy cattle breeding in Germany.  
20.09.2018
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19.09.2018
Udo Carstensen to head VikingGenetics Deutschland in Germany
VikingGenetics is pleased to announce that Udo Carstensen has joined the VikingGenetics team as head of VikingGenetics Deutschland (VGDE).
19.09.2018
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17.09.2018
French farmers pay record high prices for two VikingJersey heifers
In the 32nd edition of the French International SPACE Expo, two VikingJerseys caught a lot of interests from the French farmers. One of the heifers (VJ Mojn heifer) was sold for 6800 Euro – the highest price ever for a Danish Jersey heifer.
17.09.2018
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14.09.2018
Evolution takes part in VikingJersey breeding programme
VikingGenetics and the French Artificial Insemination company, Evolution, yesterday signed a strategic partnership agreement to increase their collaboration regarding the Jersey cattle breeding population.  
14.09.2018
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08.08.2018
August Proofs - New proofleaders! 
The August proof run has given us new proofleaders for VikingHolstein, VikingRed and VikingJersey
08.08.2018
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07.08.2018
NewViking - VikingJersey
With the August proof run we reveal new bulls available in our lineup! 
07.08.2018
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07.08.2018
NewViking - VikingRed
With the August proof run we reveal new bulls available in our lineup! 
07.08.2018
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07.08.2018
NewVikings - VikingHolstein 
With the August proof run we reveal new bulls available in our lineup! 
07.08.2018
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02.08.2018
VikingDefenceTM delivers proven results 
VikingDefenceTM is the proven solution to breed healthy and high-producing cows. VikingDefence bulls are the top bulls in our line-up for breeding daughters with good fertility and production plus a natural defence against diseases.
02.08.2018
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30.07.2018
Denmark's top three high-producing herds - Torben Thorsen
Meet Torben Thorsen - owner of Denmark’s highest yielding mixed herd
30.07.2018
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23.07.2018
Denmark's top three high-producing herds - Bjarne V. Hansen 
Meet Bjarne V. Hansen - owner of the highest yielding herd in Denmark.
23.07.2018
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16.07.2018
Denmark's top three high-producing herds - Lars Remme
Meet Lars Remme - owner of the highest yielding organic herd in Denmark.
16.07.2018
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12.07.2018
ProCROSS cows are more efficient than pure Holsteins in converting feed into milk
Lisbon, Portugal. The ProCROSS conference “Lower feed costs – increase your profit” in Portugal has gathered farmers and journalists from the most progressive dairy markets in Europe. Participants were coming from Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden. The purpose of the two-day conference and farm visits was to officially launch the results of the latest trial from the University of Minnesota regarding feed efficiency on crossbred cows in the ProCROSS system.
12.07.2018
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11.07.2018
Visitors from Argentina and Chile
VikingGenetics invited some top sales people from two South American countries, Argentina and Chile to Denmark, to participate in an intensive training about the Nordic countries breeding goal. 
11.07.2018
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06.07.2018
World Jersey Conference, Ohio, USA
VikingJersey had a delegation of 13 people attending the World Jersey Conference in Ohio, USA. 
06.07.2018
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25.06.2018
Time for fine-tuning at the organic farm Lövåsa in Sweden
Dag Arvidsson, the owner of Lövåsa farm, is an early adopter when it comes to new genetics, first buying embryos 20 years ago. “Two years ago I started to genomically test all females and use the bottom 30% of the herd for beef. This is the fastest way to make genetic progress in the herd,” he says. 
25.06.2018
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14.06.2018
Lower methane production through breeding
Methane emissions release both energy and  a potent greenhouse gas. VikingGenetics is conducting research with the aim of reducing methane emissions – not only to help the environment but also to improve dairy cow efficiency. Research into methane emissions has been pursued in parallel with research into feed efficiency.
14.06.2018
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04.06.2018
ProCROSS, a successful option in the dairy business worldwide
November 15, 1998 was the birth date of the ProCross crossbreeding system in Oakdale, California. The three breeds were Holstein, VikingRed and Montbeliarde. This would become the world unique university proven crossbreeding programme known as ProCROSS. 
04.06.2018
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25.05.2018
Interesting times ahead for world milk markets
After the milk crisis of 2015-2016, demand for milk on international markets eventually out-paced supply, and prices began to recover. This is the first market-driven growth period in Europe since the removal of production quotas.
25.05.2018
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17.05.2018
Spanish Visitors in Denmark 
Last week we had a great pleasure to receive guests from Spain. Here are some pictures from their herd visits! 
17.05.2018
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09.05.2018
VikingNews 1-18 is now available online!
The latest issue of our magazine VikingNews is now online.
09.05.2018
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03.05.2018
New Breeding Values and Proofleaders 
The May proof run changed the bull rankings a bit and we are proud to present the new proofleaders for this index run; VH Cosmo, VR Filur and VJ Heavy. 
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26.04.2018
Does the perfect genetic index exist?
Total merit indexes like NTM (Nordic Total Merit), NM$ index, TPI and NVI among others are important genetic selection tools. They combine the traits that are of economic importance for dairy business into one package. The indexes differ by the traits covered and by the weight allocated to the specific traits. NTM places 53% of the total weight on health and reproduction traits, 30% on production and 17% on Conformation and workability traits. 
26.04.2018
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19.04.2018
Oulton House Farm - Less diseases and higher production with ProCROSS
The Oulton House Farm´s philosophy is plain and simple: get lots of milk from healthier cows, as the manager of the farm, Sally Lea sums up. 10 years’ crossbreeding experience has shown them the path to achieve outstanding results. The farm has 430 cows, and is owned by Arthur Palmer. It stands out from the average performance of the herds in the United Kingdom for both health and production. 
19.04.2018
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04.04.2018
Breeding for High Production with Low Use of Antibiotics is Possible
The dairy farmers in the Nordic countries clearly understand that breeding is a crucial part of ensuring a successful dairy business and just as important as finance, feeding and management. 
04.04.2018
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26.03.2018
Breeders honoured for breeding VikingGenetics top sires
On Tuesday 20th March the breeders of some of VikingGenetics best selling sires in the home markets were invited to a celebration event in the bull station in Assentoft, Denmark.
26.03.2018
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16.03.2018
Hoekstra family from 300 Holstein cows to two dairies with more than 3000 ProCROSS cows 
Kurt Hoekstra together with his brother Jack and his parents started to crossbreed their pure U.S. Holsteins and Jerseys with many different dairy breeds in Oakdale, California 19 years ago. 
16.03.2018
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14.03.2018
VikMate is now integrated with VikRank
Define your own breeding goal in the new version of VikMate by using VikRank. The bull selection and matching bulls to females is easier and faster. 
14.03.2018
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08.03.2018
Extraordinary health improvement in the Swedish dairy cattle breeding 
By approaching cattle health through breeding as early as the 1980s, the Nordic countries had considerably cut the incidence of diseases. 
08.03.2018
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02.03.2018
International farmers visited ProCROSS Pioneers herds in the U.S.
ProCROSS Pioneers in Oakland, California opened their farms to show international dairymen how they have achieved success in their herds.  
02.03.2018
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02.03.2018
“VikingGenetics offers solutions that farmers consider optimal”
Anna Adamczuk is Head of the Genetics Department at P.H. Konrad in Lomza, the leading importer and distributor of bovine semen in Poland. 
02.03.2018
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01.03.2018
Latest scientific information at the Danish Cattle Conference 2018 
Monday and Tuesday this week the Danish Cattle Conference 2018 took place in MCH Herning Kon-grescenter in Herning, Denmark, around 2000 people participated on the conference. This is an annual event offering the latest scientific information from the global cattle breeding industry on topics like health, finance, feed and management to rearing calves and beef breeds. 
01.03.2018
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22.02.2018
Bull of the year 2017 
We have taken a look at our sales figures for 2017 and found the most used sires in our export markets in 2017. They are all very good sires with excellent breeding profiles. 
22.02.2018
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15.02.2018
VikMate and genomic testing popular in Norway
Farmers are showing interest in using VikMate and genomic testing on heifers as tools to improve their herds in Norway. Export Manager Peter Holm Weinkouff was recently in Norway visiting farmers and advising on VikMate. 
15.02.2018
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09.02.2018
Prosperous breeding made by strong women 
It is quite common for women to be in charge of the breeding plan in dairy farms in Finland, one of the VikingGenetics countries. Women have been doing this for decades, and there is no reason for this to change. 
09.02.2018
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07.02.2018
Higher reliability with this index run
New proofs came 6th February and the Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation (NAV) have added more females in  the reference groups for all breeds for the traits female fertility, calving ease, birth index, general health, hoof health and longevity. This means higher reliability for these traits and therefore we see some rerankings of the bulls.
07.02.2018
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02.02.2018
Ambassador of India visiting VikingGenetics
Yesterday, the Indian ambassador of Denmark visited the VikingGenetics head office in Assentoft in Denmark.
02.02.2018
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26.01.2018
Torre Santa Maria farm optimises management with genomic test on females
Torre Santa Maria has started to see the benefits to make genomic test on all the females.  
26.01.2018
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25.01.2018
Interbull evaluations - December 2017
In December 2017 Interbull released the new breeding evaluations. Interbull lists confirm the outstanding genetic level for VikingHolstein, VikingRed and VikingJersey.
25.01.2018
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25.01.2018
VikingGenetics at BCBC conference - Breeding as a tool to reduce the use of antibiotics
VikingGenetics is encouraging cattle breeding industry in UK to use breeding as an efficient tool to reduce the use of antibiotics at BCBC conference in Telford. Head of Breeding at VikingGenetics, Lars Nielsen, gave a presentation about the successful Scandinavian breeding programme. 
25.01.2018
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22.01.2018
VikingGenetics’ bulls dominate Ayshire top lists in Canada
December 2017 proofs show that VikingGenetic's bulls dominate Canadian Ayshire bull and cow lists
22.01.2018
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19.01.2018
NAV organised workshop to analyse the future of the dairy business 
The price level of milk and meat, usage of sexed and beef semen, economic value of diseases and replacement rate were some of the topics that farmers, breed organisations and delegates from our three coops in the Nordic countries among others, analysed yesterday in Copenhagen. 
19.01.2018
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09.01.2018
"For us VikingGenetics means trust and security"
As an organic farm, Noltorp’s cows need to spend five months out on pasture and at least 50% of their daily intake must be grass. The farm is located in an area with plenty of natural pasture land and the soil is perfect for growing grass. The farm is owned and managed by Anders and Marianne Jansson. 
09.01.2018
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03.01.2018
Croatian farmers introduced to VikingDefence
Our Export Manager Jan Andresen visited our distributor Lactis D.O.O. in Croatia just before Christmas. During the visit, Andresen had the opportunity to visit customers and see very good Viking progeny in the herds.
03.01.2018
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21.12.2017
Christmas Greeting from our CEO Rex A. Clausager
See our CEO's video greeting for the holidays! 
21.12.2017
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16.12.2017
Swedish farmers inspiring international dairymen with VikingRed and ProCROSS
A group of dairymen from the United Kingdom and Germany had a very busy trip to Halland in Sweden last week. They were introduced to Swedish farmers using pure VikingRed as well as ProCROSS, the only proven crossbreeding concept in the world, which is using VikingRed, VikingHolstein and Montbeliarde in a three breed rotation cross.  
16.12.2017
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08.12.2017
Embryo Flushing – VikingGenetics´ Best Females in Production
VikingEmbryo is our solution to reduce the generation interval for females by producing offspring from heifers. Here you will find an explanation of how our world-class program is running dynamically to achieve genetic progress
08.12.2017
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05.12.2017
Finland, the Nordic centre for embryo production and top heifers 
As a forerunner of cattle breeding in Scandinavia, VikingGenetics wants to stay in the frontline of cattle breeding development and is now putting more emphasis on embryo technology, while implementing a new production strategy.
05.12.2017
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01.12.2017
Successful Hoof Health workshop with Polish farmers 
Last week, VikingGenetics together with our distributor in Poland, P.H. KONRAD held a seminar for farmers to share knowledge about how to improve hoof health on dairy cattle. The main goal was to show that there are two important approaches to tackle hoof health diseases. Both approaches, Breeding and Management are important for cows’ welfare and farmers business. 
01.12.2017
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29.11.2017
VIP guests from Russia visited VikingGenetics in Finland  
On the 10th of November our bull station in Hollola, Finland hosted special visitors from Russia. The Russian dairy farming delegation was in Finland to learn more of the Finnish dairy production and know more of the VikingGenetics’ expertise in cattle breeding. 
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28.11.2017
Søren Borchersen becomes a new Chairman at EuroGenomics Cooperative from November 1st, 2017
VikingGenetics is honored to have Søren Borchersen as a new Chairman of EuroGenomics and hopes for continued fruitful cooperation among the members of the EuroGenomics Cooperative.  
28.11.2017
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15.11.2017
VikingEmbryo 20th Anniversary event in Finland 
VikingEmbryo 20th Anniversary celebrations were held on the 24th October in Jokioinen, Finland. The event was hosted by VikingGenetics, Faba (The Finnish Animal Breeding Association) and Luke (Natural Resources Institute Finland). Over 140 people attended the event. The celebratory day went well and the long history of using embryos in cattle breeding commemorated properly. 
15.11.2017
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14.11.2017
VikingDefence™ - WHO World Antibiotic Awareness Week 13.-19.11.2017
Yesterday, the World Health Organization started World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The whole world is turning its eyes to the issue of the rising use of antibiotics. Only with joint efforts on a global scale, we can tackle this problem and avoid the excess and vain use of antibiotics. Rising usage of antibiotics leads to more bacteria that are medicine resistant and the treatment of different illnesses becomes harder. 
14.11.2017
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09.11.2017
November Proofs - VikingJersey
New proofs came in 7th November and here we present you few interesting VikingJersey bulls.
09.11.2017
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09.11.2017
November Proofs - VikingRed
New proofs came in 7th November and here we present you few interesting VikingRed bulls.
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09.11.2017
November Proofs - VikingHolstein 
New proofs came in 7th November and here we present you few interesting VikingHolstein bulls. 
09.11.2017
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07.11.2017
VikingDefence™ supports reduction of antibiotics in dairy cattle breeding
VikingDefence™ reduces the risk of incidences of clinical diseases treated with antibiotics such as mastitis and digital dermatitis, among others, by selecting directly for actual diseases registered under the indexes: General Health, Hoof Health, and Udder Health.
07.11.2017
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26.10.2017
Breeders Behind the Viking Sires - VH Grejs & Niels Schmidt
The herd of Niels Schmidt in Branderup, Denmark has been breeding for high NTM for 30 years and VH Grejs is the “icing on the cake” after their dedicated work. “Of course, I am proud that VH Grejs is bred in our farm. In a way, this is the icing on the cake after 30 years breeding work for me”, Niels says.
26.10.2017
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16.10.2017
South African visitors in Denmark
VikingGenetics welcomed a group of 11 persons from South Africa last week to Denmark. Chris Cloete and Johan Muller from our agent Genimex asked nine farmers to join the group and see and hear more about our breeding and genetics. The group visited both Holstein and Jersey herds and the head office in Assentoft so they could see both top bulls and excellent cows and herds. 
16.10.2017
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06.10.2017
"The greatest virtue of Viking cows is health in general terms"
John Brealey is the owner of SEAGRO de Costa Rica, VikingGenetics’ distributor in this Central American country. Last week, Brealey paid a visit to VikingGenetics in Skara together with his daughter, Elizabeth Brealey and the manager of SEAGRO, Hellen Cabezas. They wanted to learn more about VikingGenetics since they believe the VikingJersey has a lot potential to be marketed in Costa Rica where they have mostly grazing systems. 
06.10.2017
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05.10.2017
Breeders Behind The Viking Sires - VR Viljar & Kati and Ari Luukkonen 
VR Viljar is an ET sire from Kuusela farm in Finland. VR Viljar has a very balanced proof. He is high in components, good in female fertility and excellent in udder health. Also the type proofs are strong with good height and optimal body coordinates, great feet and legs and remarkable udder. Viljar has travelled to Denmark to produce X-Vik semen earlier this year.
05.10.2017
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02.10.2017
VikingAcademy - Embracing the goals together
VikingAcademy 2017 took place in Copenhagen, Denmark with participation of our network of international distributors. Our guests came from Spain, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Holland, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Lithuania, Croatia, France, Czech Republic and Estonia. The managers of our subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and Australia, our Export Managers and the members of VikingGenetics leading group also took part in the activity.
02.10.2017
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22.09.2017
New Study: ProCROSS benefits all management levels 
15,000 crossbred cows and 103,300 pure Holstein on a new study that support the benefits of ProCROSS on all management levels. 
22.09.2017
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14.09.2017
Viking bulls do well in Zimbabwe
“Crossbreeding works very well in this country. We want productive, healthy and fertile cows and during the years with crossbreeding we have had very good results”, says Ajs Kirk when talking about his crossbreeding with VikingHolstein and VikingRed.
14.09.2017
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13.09.2017
What is ProCROSS? 
ProCROSS is a crossbreeding concept using Holstein, VikingRed and Montbeliarde breeds. ProCROSS is a breeding method managed by Coopex Montbéliarde and VikingGenetics. It’s the only scientifically proven crossbreeding program in the world.
13.09.2017
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09.09.2017
 Authorities from China did a VIP visit to VikingGenetics 
VikingGenetics in Skara had the honor to host a delegation from China, led by Director-General Li Jianwei, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Department of Supervision of Animal and Plant Quarantine.
09.09.2017
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05.09.2017
Breeders meeting their top bulls
Last week, the genomic bulls VR Finduz (VR Fenton x VR Cigar x Gunnastorp), VR Herbert (VR Hjusticia x VR Niki x R David) and VH Fimpen (VH Foster x VH Grafit x VH Spex) got special attention when their breeders got the opportunity to see how they live at VikingGenetics bull station in Skara, Sweden
05.09.2017
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