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Beef on Dairy — boost your low-performing cows

Use beef genetics on your lower-ranking dairy cows for the highest return on investment. Breed healthy, fast-growing calves with optimal carcass value. Get better animal welfare and reduce climate impact with Beef on Dairy.

Healthy beef genetics for an efficient dairy herd

What do you do with the 60-70% of your dairy cows that won't be used for the next generation? How do you avoid breeding too many low-value heifers and small bull calves that are unattractive for a beef producer?

The use of beef genetics on dairy cows is growing rapidly around the world. If you've already tried Beef on Dairy in your herd, you've likely experienced the advantages:

  • Bigger, healthier calves with a higher carcass value and ease of calving compared to traditional dairy calves.
  • Faster growing offspring enabling the beef producer to raise more calves in a year.
  • Lower rearing expenses and reduced replacement in your dairy herd.
  • Better animal welfare and less climate impact due to a more targeted and sustainable breeding strategy.

When you combine beef male semen on your lower-ranking cows with female sexed semen on your best heifers, you get the most profitable results.

beef cattle on pasture

What breeds should I choose for Beef on Dairy?

At VikingGenetics, we supply dairy farmers around the world with the highest quality beef semen solutions dedicated to the Beef on Dairy concept.

Our breeding programmes are based on extensive scientific research and data collection carried out by farmers, veterinarians, AI technicians, abattoirs and other experts in the field.

Choose your beef semen for dairy cows from the following breeds:

  • Angus
  • Blonde d'Aquitane
  • Charolais
  • Danish Blue
  • Hereford
  • Limousin
  • Simmental
Simmental bull on a pasture

What traits should I look for in Beef on Dairy bulls?

In our Nordic Beef on Dairy Index (NBDI), you'll find information about the bull's ability to pass on desirable traits to its offspring.

The NBDI is based on data from the offspring of the bulls when the bulls have been used on dairy cows. The index works across breeds, focusing on two main areas: Birth and Growth.

The Birth index is the first area to focus on when you select bulls. It consists of two evaluations:

  • Ease of calving
  • Calf survival

The Growth index consists of three sub-indices:

  • Daily carcass gain
  • Carcass conformation score
  • Carcass fat score

The goal of the NBDI is to ensure you the highest profitability.

Explore NBDI Unlocked
Hereford animals on pasture
Half of my cows are inseminated with Danish Blue cattle, and we use a lot of Y-Vik. I experience a high level of accuracy in the birth index, and I have had great success with Y-Vik beef semen.

Michael Jensen,
Havredalsgaard, 408 cows

Consumer demands, better climate and animal welfare

Estimates show that up to 60% of all dairy cows will be inseminated with beef semen by 2030.

In addition to the obvious financial benefits for the farmer and beef producer, the following key factors are driving the demand:

  • Consumers are asking for local meat. Instead of importing beef from other continents, beef calves can be bred locally.
  • Beef on Dairy means less environmental impact due to less carbon emission from transporting beef from other continents. You also get less waste in your dairy business as the use of beef semen boosts the value of your lower-ranking cows.
  • You get better animal welfare with less unnecessary culling of small dairy male calves. Easier calvings for the cow and better health for every cow in your herd.

Are you ready for a Beef on Dairy strategy for your herd?

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Blonde d'Aquitane

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