The use of three-way cross breeding in dairy operations is a popular topic at present. With more farmers using the system, the results of adopting this strategy are now starting to bear fruit.
Andy Williamson and his father run a herd of more than 600 cows on a 360-hectare dairy farm (194 hectares owned, and the rest rented) near Nantwich, Cheshire.
Six years ago, health problems were becoming unsustainable. “We were facing problems with feet and legs and high culling rates, which was jeopardising the efficiency of the whole operation,” says Andy.