Patrick Cock, who farms at Younghouse Farm near Ashburton in Devon alongside his brother Graeme, previously milked pedigree Holsteins three times a day with yields peaking at 12,000 litres.
Holsteins predominately calved in the summer, but the herd’s calving index had slipped to 420 days, extending the block significantly to 10 months. Patrick says he had also become disillusioned by higher vet costs.
Transitioning to ProCROSS and the subsequent fertility gains that came with it have enabled Patrick to move back to a lower-cost system and get cows back out to grass.
ProCROSS is a crossbreeding concept that uses the VikingHolstein, VikingRed and Coopex Montbéliarde in a three-way rotation to optimise hybrid vigour at 86%.