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. Our bulls have been selected for good health for generations. 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 traits, because they are 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 various methods to ensure the balanced breeding goal.