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.
Karl-Christian Wilke is a young dairy farmer from Germany. His farm is located outside the city of Frankfurt and he has 130 cows – with around 40 ProCROSS. The average production of milk at his farm is 9,500 kg ECM.
Gert Glob Lassen took over Ellinglund Økologi (organic) farm in Silkeborg, Denmark, from his father in 2006. Gert and his wife Anne are passionate organic milk producers and have become a reference farm in Europe for efficiency and success with the three-way crossbreeding system, ProCROSS.
With an annual average of 4.06% fat and 3.42% protein, Ellinglund is one of the best organic crossbreed herds with high performance and one of the most prestigious herds in Denmark.
TriCross Dairy was cofounded by Californian brothers-in-law Tom Koolhaas and Wes Bylsma. Their dairy facilities, which were completed in November 2017, include a 1,100 by 600-foot cross ventilated free stall barn and a 100-cow rotary parlour. TriCross Dairy is home to 5,000 head of dairy cows.
Longevity is also a strong argument when it comes to the profitability of the dairy operation. “Our ProCROSS stay 3 to 5 lactations, compared to an average of 2 lactations for our Holsteins,” added Koolhaas.
“We have had challenges with fertility and feet & legs and I saw benefits in the ProCROSS herds I visited before making my decision. The hybrid vigour and the slightly more robust cow will be of great benefit to us,” says Anders Kirch.
He describes himself as a bit of a "breeding nerd" and this will not change because he is now crossing. On the contrary, he expects to spend at least as much time finding the right bulls going forward and looks to the Nordic Total Merit (NTM) index for both VikingHolstein and VikingRed.
As a third-generation farmer, Martin Mühlinghaus operates his family business, Ingelsbrucher Hof in Velbert, near Wuppertal in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. On 1 June 2019 he became the official successor to his parents, running a farm that lies idyllically on a hill. Currently his dairy herd comprises 120 cows; their progeny brings the total to around 250 animals.