How To Get Started With ProCROSS?

The first step is to decide on a strategy, then select your local distributor and make a plan. After that, it is crucial to stick to the plan because it takes time and patience to see the results.

1. Decide for a strategy
2. Select your local distributor
3. Make a plan
4. Stick to the plan

Strategy 

You now decided to go for the ProCROSS concept. That is your breeding strategy. A wise decision. But take care:
  • It will take 10 years to have a real ProCROSS herd. To make a good start, well adapted to your farm, you need advice from you local ProCROSS distributor.
  • Some purebreed dairy farmers might criticize your choices. Take in consideration your own and not their strategy. 
  • Only by using the best bulls, specially selected by the ProCROSS partners Coopex and VikingGenetics will give you the optimum results. Do not go for the second best option. You will be disappointed.
  • A strategy is made for the long run. In breeding you have to stick to your strategy. If you change strategy every second year you get lost.

Selecting distributor

Go to our contact page and find your local distributor. They will provide you with all the details you need to get started.

Making the plan 

  1. Inseminate all your Holstein cows with Montbéliarde bulls.
  2. Inseminate all your Holstein heifers with VikingRed bulls.
  3. Inseminate the 1th generation (G1) animals with the missing breed. For example: G1 heifer is HF x MON, inseminate her with a VR bull.

It is important to strictly follow the same order for each breed in the rotation, enhancing hybrid vigour. Colour tagging (one colour per breed) helps you recognize your mixed breeds.

Sticking to the plan

This is vital, because you need focus. Remember what your distributor has pointed out for you, be patient and stick to the plan!

Within the 3 breeds you can select bulls that match best your breeding goals. KG milk, fat & protein, milking speed, udder health, size - all important traits you can select for within the bulls offered to you by your ProCROSS distributor.

Your distributor has mating services and plans available. Ask for these tools. It helps you and your staff making the correct choices.
Do not use too many bulls per breed, three is enough. In this way your herd will get more uniform.