What is GoldenCross?

GoldenCross is a three-breed rotational crossbreeding system combining VikingHolstein, VikingRed and VikingJersey. It is an effective crossbreeding concept that is suitable for all systems, especially pasture-based production.

For dairy farms adopting grazing system or systems with seasonal calvings, fertility is a key factor for success. Moreover, many farmers would like to achieve a high level of production but, at the same time, have fewer problems with their cows. GoldenCross can offer a solution to these issues.
Many Australian dairy farmers have seen the benefit of the two-way cross. In this system generally Holstein and Jersey breeds are used, and the first generation of the two-way cross cows offer improvements, but farmers find that the benefits level out going into generation 2 and 3. Therefore, they are looking for the next solution to continue increasing their herd profitability. VikingGenetics has created the GoldenCross crossbreeding program to further boost the benefits of crossbreeding. GoldenCross is a three-way crossbreeding system using VikingHolstein, VikingJersey and VikingRed.

One of the great benefits of crossbreeding is heterosis. Heterosis is the increase of favourable characteristics of a hybrid organism over those characteristics of its parents, when two unrelated breeds are crossed. Research has found that heterosis has the greatest improvement in traits like Vitality, Fertility, Health and Survival. There can also be a small increase in production. The effects of heterosis are the opposite of inbreeding depression. Read more about heterosis here

VikingGenetics has been rigorously testing and breeding for improved health traits in our bulls for 40 years. Data shows that Sweden, Finland and Denmark, where VikingGenetics bulls are used almost exclusively, have the lowest use of antibiotics in the world. At the same time, they also have the highest milk production in the EU. Therefore, by using VikingGenetics bulls in your crossbreeding program you can be confident that your herd will not only be healthy, but will produce, and will produce well. In addition to the achieved heterosis, each breed brings something different to the cross. 

   

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Josh Philp, Australia 

Have a look at the video about Josh Philp's GoldenCross farm in Australia. The findings trough scientific based research confirms what farmers as Josh Philp in Garvoc Victoria has been seen for quite a long time. Philp has a decade using the three-way breeding system in his family dairy. Josh and Lilli Philp run more than 700 head at Riverbank, a 420-hectare dairy farm they lease from Josh’s parents Barry and Vicky. Barry and Vicky came to the farm from New Zealand in 1996 and started milking NZ Friesians. 

“The animals have got to last and get in calf well. They need to walk. We now have no mastitis and no hoof issues, no lameness,” Philp says. “We are happy with the results. It is working well and proving successful for us”, he adds. 

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Get to know the three breeds! 


Click on the images below to know more about VikingHolstein, VikingRed and VikingJersey.