Evolution takes part in VikingJersey breeding programME

VikingGenetics and the French Artificial Insemination company, Evolution, yesterday signed a strategic partnership agreement to increase their collaboration regarding the Jersey cattle breeding population. 

Representatives of VikingGenetics and Evolution announced that Evolution became a member of the VikingJersey breeding programme since August 2018. With a long commercial tradition, the companies have now upgraded their partnership that will turn into many different benefits for the Jersey dairy farmers in France and in VikingGenetics’ home markets; Denmark, Sweden and Finland. 

“The French Jersey farmers will be members of the world’s best Jersey genetic programme. This decision of VikingGenetics and Evolution will give Jersey dairy farmers in France not only access to top genetics but a voice in the VikingJersey’ breeding programme”, David Stenkær Ravnkilde, Head of Business Development of VikingGenetics, states. 

On the other hand, Jersey dairy farmers in the Nordic countries will increase their chance to breed even better animals. “Farmers in the Nordics has been working to position the VikingJersey breeding programme at the top spot, and we are happy to announce that we now have a bigger breeding population and connections to a very loyal partner in Europe that will increase our market share in France”. Stenkær Ravnkilde says.

The agreement was officially launched yesterday framed by the SPACE Expo in Rennes, France by VikingGenetics’ Head of Breeding Lars Nielsen and Evolution’s representatives. This agreement is the first step VikingGenetics takes in order to strengthen the VikingJersey breeding programme. Through access to the French Jersey population, it will be possible to enhance selection opportunities to have excellent animals in the dairy plan to assure more genetic progress.

“The genetic progress will be reflected in the farms in France because all the farmers will have access to the very best bulls in the breeding programme. From now on, the farmers in France will use the same bulls as in the Nordic countries right away”, Nielsen explains to the French press. 

Common breeding goal 

The common breeding goal for the Jersey in VikingGenetics and Evolution made it easy to end up in this strategical agreement. “The breeding goal of VikingGenetics is the most connected with the French Jersey demand: a healthy cow with good fertility, functional conformation and high production of solids”, David Girod, Product manager – dairy breeds at Evolution, clarifies. 

The VikingJersey breeding programme will now be managed in the same way both in home markets and in France. French Jersey cattle breeding will be a part of the animals available to be selected as donors or as recipients for the VikingEmbryo programme. 

Moreover, dairy farmers can now count with the possibility to sell bulls to VikingJersey to be used in the dairy programme and can now use sexed semen from VikingJersey top bulls bringing the next generation of high quality females closer to the French dairy farmers.

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