An efficient breeding plan
Dennis and Erin are very interested in doing the breeding plan for their herd. They discuss their breeding goals with VikingGenetics’ sales representative each year to stay focused on the cow they need.
In the early years, the improvement was needed in udders, feet and legs and cow fertility. All of these areas have had substantial improvement over the last 10 years as very few cows are now leaving the herd with these regards.
“The most pleasing thing is that now we are achieving a 15% empty rate after seven weeks of Artificial Insemination and we are more than happy with that,” says Dennis.
The sire selection process is still similar each year with an emphasis on udders, teat length (longer), feet, production, temperament and overall health traits.
Challenges on the farm itself are winter pugging (cows hooves sinking into the wet soil and causing damage to the pasture) which goes in hand with the expanding numbers of cows on the farm over the years.
Quality of life
Dennis and Erin believe VikingGenetics is providing the type of low-cost cow they are looking for and they appreciate the great health profile of VikingGenetics' sires.
Selecting from healthy sires has given the Lomax family a better quality of life through calving ease, cow fertility and a very hassle-free cow.
“Our Jerseys walk home, get milked and return to the paddock to do it all again and again, with very little fuss”, Dennis states.
Dennis and Erin are set to take their Jerseys well into the future and they see the VikingJersey playing a major role in building their business.