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Meet our valued customers. Learn from their experience with ProCROSS.

Andy Williamson, United Kingdom

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. 

Five 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.
In their search for more efficient and healthier cows, they were introduced to the scientifically proven crossbreed, ProCROSS, which is a combination of VikingRed, Montbeliarde and VikingHolstein.
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Karl Christian Wilke, Germany

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. 

Karl says that the most valuable characteristics of his ProCROSS cows are that they are “fit” meaning healthy in all the important traits. 
“They have easy calvings; they walk trouble free, they are healthy,” he states. 
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Ellinglund Økologi, Denmark

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.

Lassen explains that the physical condition is also a “plus” in his organic herd: “Physical body condition means more muscle - not skinny cows - that also keeps them healthy, and they will achieve a better price when we send them for slaughter,” he says.   

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. 
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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.

For the two brothers-in-law, the genetic selection of each breed is important: “We always use the top VikingRed & Montbéliarde Coopex bulls,” say the dairymen.

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. 
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Anders Kirch, Denmark

Anders Kirch is the manager of a farm with Holstein cows in Denmark but in February 2019 he began to inseminate with Montbeliarde and VikingRed and thus took the first steps towards a ProCROSS herd.

“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.

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André Reimer, Germany

André is a fifth-generation farmer in Rantrum, a small village of 1,800 inhabitants not far from Flensburg. He has been a full-time farmer at his home farm for eight years, with a herd of 260 dairy cows which includes both Holstein and ProCROSS animals.
The cows are milked in a 20-swingover milking parlour, which was commissioned as part of the 2019 new construction on the farm. It replaced the two milk robots, which in a final step were moved to the old barn complex. The herd's current production output is 9,200 kg milk with 4.6 % fat and 3.8 % protein.
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Martin Mühlinghaus, Germany

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.

The cows are outside all year, enjoying access in summer to extensive meadows. The barn incorporates stalls with a straw mixture and numerous cow brushes at intervals, ensuring the animals' comfort. The herd's current production output is 9,500 kg milk, with 4.20% fat and 3.45% protein.
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