NAV organised workshop to analyse the future of the dairy business 

Yesterday, NAV (Nordic Cattle Breeding Evaluation) the organisation in Nordic countries that runs the breeding evaluation in Denmark, Sweden and Finland organised a workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark. The goal with the workshop was to analyse how the dairy business will look like in 10 years’ time and it had the participation of farmers, breed organisations, delegates from our three cooperatives: Växa, FABA and VikingDanmark as well as AI-companies VikingGenetics and Skånesemin.

Issues that were discussed included the price level of milk and meat, usage of sexed and beef semen, economic value of diseases and replacement rate. “It is important that the weights in NTM (Nordic Total Merit Index) on different traits are in relation to the reality, to get the best estimations”, Camilla Rosman, Marketing Manager for VikingGenetics who attended the workshop, states. 

NTM was first made in 2008 and since then, NAV has implemented two new breeding values: Hoof Health Index in 2011 and Young Stock Survival in 2016. During 2018, there will be an overview of the NTM to evaluate the current weights and current economical values on the different traits in NTM. NAV will work on this challenge until next workshop that will be held in Copenhagen 24th May. New weights will be implemented in November 2018. 

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