In February 2020 our colleague Henrik Hansen, VikingGenetics Germany, set out on the ProCROSS trail together with customer Anders Kirch. The week-long trip to San Francisco, California had a tour group of 30 interested people from a wide variety of countries around the world. They were all interested to learn how the ProCROSS phenomenon came about.
The origin of the three-breed cross lies in Oakview, California. In the 1990s, the US had significant problems with the level of inbreeding of Holstein cows, which is why several businesses united to form 'Creative Genetics' and find solutions to cross-breeding issues. They undertook a range of experiments with various breeds and after three years of tests, came to the conclusion that the most efficient cross was a mix of three breeds: the Holstein, VikingRed and Montbeliarde. The majority of these original farms still operate in the region today and the tour participants were given the opportunity to visit some of these pioneers.
After a long flight arriving in the late afternoon, participants checked into their hotel and were given the rest of the day off. The next morning though, they were off to the first farm early in the morning.