“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.
Brealey has his own farm where he has been working with VikingJerseys for more than 10 years and he is clear when it comes to selecting genetics for his herd: “What I look for when selecting genetics for my cows is that they can walk long distances, and that’s the reason why Hoof Health is very important, so I can have strong walking cows”, he says.

Brealey has 250 milking cows in a grazing system. “The greatest virtue of Viking cows is health in general terms. They are cows that resist more diseases, and are more fertile and long-lasting”, he says.

To illustrate how good Viking cows are in health traits, Brealey proudly mentioned that in 2016 his farm had just one case of mastitis. “Out of 280 cows, we just had one case. That is the genetics I believe in!”, he emphasizes.

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