VikingHolstein is moving towards more polled cows, and we believe we should speed this process up. Reality has shown the benefits farmers can get out of polled genetics. Those advantages can be seen in the bottom line when dairy farmers avoid investing in dehorning.
On the other hand, using genetics from polled bulls also counts as a good animal welfare practice.
We believe that at least 25% of all purchased bulls by the end of 2020 will be heterozygotic polled, and 20% of those bulls should be homozygotic. Our aim is that by 2021, this percentage will be higher.
All under control
The VikingHolstein programme has the polled gene distributed in the population to maintain good variation. We can see there are more top bulls being polled. We trust in keeping diversity and genetic progress in balance.
To sharpen our process of female selection, our VikingEmbryo program is important in order to know which bloodline should contribute to the next generation of cows.