Add Beef semen to the breeding strategy of your Jersey herd and increase genetic progress and profitability
VikingJersey herds have specialized in using sexed semen to avoid Jersey bull calves and experienced the positive effects of the sexed semen strategy. Today, 72% of all Jersey inseminations are with sexed semen, and this is expected to increase to 90% during 2021 (the ratio is already 93% sexed semen on Jersey heifers).
The main drivers are higher genetic trends in the herds (by only using top animals to breed the next generation of Jersey), less work, space, and costs from the lower number of Jersey young stock and not least the fact that the culling of new-born bull calves will be banned from 2022.
In recent years, export of Jersey heifers from the VikingJersey population in Denmark to other European Jersey populations has grown to approx. 10,000 heifers per year. But demand for livestock export and demand from Danish Holstein herds is not able to take all surplus heifers if Jersey breeders stick to 100% Jersey semen, nearly all of which is sexed.
For that reason, Jersey breeders has implemented a new strategy, using sexed Jersey semen for the highest ranking 30-40% of the herd and Beef semen for the rest of the herd. This strategy has a huge positive impact on the profitability of the Jersey herd.