The Saved feed index is now part of the Nordic Total Merit Index (NTM) for the genetic evaluation of Holstein, Jersey and Red Dairy Cattle. The aim is to improve efficiency, reduce feed costs at farm level and ensure a more resource-efficient production.
With the Saved feed index is possible to achieve even more environmentally friendly milk production by reducing greenhouse gas emissions per litre of milk produced. At the same time, the production profitability is streamlined.
The fact that the Saved feed index has now become part of NTM reflects the importance of this aspect in the three VikingGenetics´ breeding programmes: VikingHolstein, VikingRed and VikingJersey.
From an economic point of view, breeding for improved feed efficiency is an important area to focus on. According to Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation (NAV), up to 88% of the variable costs on a dairy farm relates to feed costs.
The Saved feed index describes the animal´s genetic ability to save feed costs as a result of improved feed conversion ability and lower maintenance. The higher the index, the more efficient a cow is in turning feed into milk.