23.10.2020
Optimise feed efficiency with the Saved feed index
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.  
23.10.2020
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11.10.2020
Bringing colour to the pastures of Northern Ireland 
When the Longwell family switched breeds to the VikingRed, they discovered they could maintain milk volume, increase milk solids and achieve better health and fertility than they ever dared to hope. 
11.10.2020
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15.09.2020
Shift to VikingJersey bloodlines for improved health and efficiency 
When your Jersey herd is producing 8,100 litres at 5.75% fat and 4.01% protein (780kg fat plus protein), it may be difficult to know where to turn to continue improving performance. But for Andrew Hastie and his family at Alderston Mains, Scotland, the answer has come through a marriage of focussed management, high quality genetics and up-to-date milking technology.
15.09.2020
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01.09.2020
VikingRed is the dominant red breed in the world
The August index round showed again that VikingRed genetics work in many conditions. In all the main red populations, VikingRed is on the top of the lists. VR Thiago is doing great in many countries, and his half-brother VR Tokyo is performing well in Australia. See below and take the tour around the world together with VikingRed.   
01.09.2020
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24.08.2020
Saved feed adds more value to NTM
Saved feed has been added to the NTM in the August evaluation. This is another important piece in the puzzle that makes NTM the most efficient tool for dairy farmers in selecting for the most profitable cows.
24.08.2020
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06.08.2020
“We wanted to be better rather than bigger, so we switched to a different breed.”
The Reynolds family has a farm in Kent, United Kingdom. They switch to the VikingRed has set their profits, their cheese and their lifestyle on to an upward path.
06.08.2020
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09.07.2020
Why you should consider breeding for healthier dairy cows
Dairy cows are susceptible to a large array of diseases and disorders. Good management practices can help avoid unhealthy cows, but it is also possible to improve livestock resistance and resilience to diseases through breeding. By breeding for better health, your cows will stay longer in your herd.
09.07.2020
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29.07.2020
VikingRed – Naturally healthy cows
The breeding program for VikingRed has focused on improving udder health and production for many years. Today we can see that this focus has produced great genetic progress for these two traits. Dairy farmers around the world can benefit from the naturally healthy VikingRed cows. 
29.07.2020
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19.07.2020
VikingJersey – international master of udder health 
VikingGenetics has more focus on improving udder health than any other company in the world and is the Global leader when it comes to the genetic level for udder health.
19.07.2020
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16.07.2020
Improve both production and daughter fertility with VikingRed
Over the last 20 years, VikingRed has achieved a great genetic increase in production and at the same time an increase in the fertility index. Normally when breeding for a higher production, daughter fertility will decrease since production and fertility have a strong negative correlation (-28% for RDC). 
16.07.2020
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14.07.2020
VikingHolstein shows daughter proven bull powder
The group of daughter proven VikingHolstein bulls has never been stronger than it is today. Extremely high-quality and reliable data from daughters in the Nordic registration system confirms that the breeding scheme in VikingGenetics is providing superior cows for farmers all over the world.
14.07.2020
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26.07.2020
Sexed VikingJersey semen setting the trend
The use of sexed VikingJersey semen is becoming increasingly popular in both global and domestic markets. “The effects of using a sexed semen strategy together with genomic testing obviously increases the genetic level in the herd”, comments Peter Larson, Product & Breeding manager for VikingJersey.  
26.07.2020
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02.07.2020
Beef is ON
Meet our new Beef Manager Maiju Pesonen, whose office is in VikingGenetics Finland.
She sees huge potential for beef semen around the world and is excited about her new role. Pesonen also shares her view about how genomic evaluation can make breeding decisions even more accurate, and why sexed semen is so important to complement this strategy. 

02.07.2020
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25.06.2020
New way to calculate cow fertility in focus  
Breeding values for fertility can now be calculated in a different way and with more accurate information. According to an on-going study at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), data from progesterone samples of the cows can aid significant progress in the fertility of dairy cows. 
25.06.2020
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24.06.2020
“Breeding has always fascinated me”
Hielke Wiersma is in charge of the development of our crossbreeding concepts as the new Product Manager for VikingCross. 
24.06.2020
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17.06.2020
VikingHolstein – a source of high production and the world’s highest female fertility
The breeding program for VikingHolstein proves that it is possible to breed for high production and at the same time, have high genetic progress in health and reproduction traits.
17.06.2020
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15.06.2020
“I always wanted to work keeping the animals healthy”
Carina Swartling´s sharp and profound knowledge and experience of a bull barn gleam in her current position as VikingGenetics´ new Barn Manager. 
15.06.2020
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09.06.2020
VikingJersey - International Daughter Fertility Trendsetter
The breeding program for VikingJersey proves that it is possible to breed for high production and at the same time, have high genetic progress in reproduction traits.
09.06.2020
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03.06.2020
Passive improvements are an easy route to better fertility
Are you overlooking the passive improvement you could gain in your herds’ fertility? In combination with good management practices, a consistent focus on breeding for better fertility plays a critical role in improving your bottom line. 
03.06.2020
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02.06.2020
“We need to support farmers to cope with what the industry and final consumer are demanding from them.”
Aware of the challenges of the dairy and beef industry, one of the primary goals of VikingGenetics’ new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henrik Biilmann is to create added value for dairy and beef farmers, both in the home markets – Denmark, Sweden and Finland – and in all 50 export markets. 
02.06.2020
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14.05.2020
Daughter fertility as the top culling reason
Poor fertility is one of the most common reasons for culling in dairy herds in the Nordic countries. Valuable data regarding the farmer’s decision to cull cows of all dairy breeds clearly shows this. It is probably the same story all over the world, thus underlining the need for keeping a full focus on improving female fertility together with achieving progress in production.
14.05.2020
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05.05.2020
Artificial intelligence makes cows more feed efficient and climate friendly
A new research project launched by VikingGenetics enables how much feed a cow consumes can now be measured with the use of Artificial Intelligence and 3D cameras. With this data, farmers can select for more feed efficient and climate friendly cows. The total budget for the project is 3 million Euros granted by different entities participating on it. 
05.05.2020
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26.04.2020
Three-way cross with Nordic breeds – A commitment that pays off 
A study conducted by Dairy Australia, the national service body for the Australian dairy industry compared the different crossbreds and purebred herds on a pasture-based system. In the latest study, published in 2019, the entity analysed data from more than 23 million lactation records from almost 900,000 cows on more than 18,000 farms. 
26.04.2020
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23.04.2020
Peter Larson followed his calling for the Jersey cows
Larson is not only the Senior Breeding Manager for VikingJersey. He is also one of the leading experts on Jersey cows in the world. But things could have turned out very differently if it hadn't been for Larson’s determination to follow his heart.
23.04.2020
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04.04.2020
My vision is to make VikingRed even “greener”
Jakob Lykke Voergaard is our new Senior Breeding Product Manager for VikingRed. Voergaard (41) is married to Annette, they have two girls Rebekka (7), and Nikoline,(4). He was raised on a farm with 35-45 Holstein cows in the east central Jutland in Denmark. Even as a child, he liked to be surrounded by the cows and working in the barn. His first contact with breeding advice was when he was a teenager: “I would always want to be the one who met and talked with the breeding advisors when they visited my parents,” he recalls. 
04.04.2020
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19.04.2020
Strategic alliances to strengthen VikingJersey
VikingJersey is expanding its breeding programme through cooperation agreements with strong partners in the United Kingdom, Norway and France. 
19.04.2020
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15.04.2020
Breeding for improved fertility for over 40 years
A dairy farm begins with a calf, and satisfactory female fertility is therefore an important part of any dairy business. A cow needs a calf periodically to be able to re-start lactation and continue milk production while heifer calves are also needed to replace older cows.
15.04.2020
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09.04.2020
Large dairy celebrates herd health success
With 2,000 cows on his Tatura dairy farm, Markus Lang knows the importance of maintaining good herd health. And with barely a handful of sick cows at any given time, the farm’s record is outstanding.
09.04.2020
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02.04.2020
Bull dams in the spotlight 
To be among the few selected bulls that get to become the sires of the next generation, males need to match many requirements. Even though genomic testing is crucial and highly reliable for a bull to be selected, VikingGenetics always makes a visual examination of a dam before making the final decision to purchase. 
02.04.2020
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12.03.2020
VikingGenetics taking actions to avoid spreading of  COVID-19
VikingGenetics is taking all the necessary actions to avoid spreading of the Coronavirus, after the classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic and aligned with the recommendation from the government in all our home markets.
12.03.2020
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26.03.2020
Morten Jacobsen: “VikingGenetics cows simply do a better job”
In April 2017, Morten Jacobsen bought a business with Holstein cows near Tarm in west Denmark. The previous owner did not use VikingGenetics, unlike Jacobsen. And he can see a marked difference.
26.03.2020
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24.03.2020
X-Vik, driving a successful breeding strategy at Havdal Jersey farm 
Havdal Jersey farm is located in Søften a few kilometres outside Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus. Jørn Mikkelsen and his daughter, Mette, own and run this prosperous dairy farm where the speciality is fresh Jersey milk and home-made ice cream. 
24.03.2020
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11.03.2020
Sustainability is running a profitable business while safeguarding the environment
Sofia and Gustav Kämpe started their dairy business in 2008 together with Gustav’s parents, and bought the farm in 2015.  During this time, they built a new barn and increased the herd from 100 to 200 cows. The family also includes Viggo, 10 and Hilda, 8. 
11.03.2020
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08.03.2020
No fuss VikingHolsteins are the ideal commercial cow at the farm of Jorgen Pedersen in Denmark 
Jorgen Pedersen and his wife run their farm in Vildbjerg, Denmark, where they have 375 Holstein cows. They bought the farm 29 years ago and started farming with 65 cows. Now their 20-year old son runs operations with a clear strategy to achieve high genetic progress. 
08.03.2020
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13.02.2020
Argentina – turning a crisis into an opportunity
As a country, Argentina seems to be in a state of permanent financial crisis. However its agricultural sector tends to find a way to turn difficulties into opportunities. 
13.02.2020
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12.02.2020
No relevant correlation between progressive motility and field fertility 
Progressive motility is one of the semen quality parameters evaluated in the laboratory, and it describes the ability of spermatozoa to progressively move towards oocyte and is seen by many parties as directly correlated to field fertility. 
12.02.2020
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19.01.2020
Adelgaard farm – Fulfilling the call to improve the breed 
Vagn Lindy Petersen´s farm Adelgaard Jerseys is renowned as a reference farm for progressive genetics for the Jersey cattle breeding. Nationally ranked as number two for whole herd classification average and number one for First Calf Heifer classification. 
19.01.2020
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08.01.2020
We move fast, but are we moving too fast?
When genomic selection was first being introduced, whether this would result in more or less inbreeding for the animals was a topic of debate. As we can now scientifically demonstrate, it has not resulted in more inbreeding for VikingHolstein. So, the answer to the headline is “NO”.  
08.01.2020
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05.01.2020
VikingGenetics’ values and aims 
Ambitious, Trustworthy, Customer-oriented, Committed, are the four values that guide us in our everyday work and in everything we do as a company. These values contribute to our success and growth and ensure that we can continue to do business tomorrow and support our customers in achieving their goals. 
05.01.2020
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26.12.2019
ARLA accelerating the green transition 
At our most recent VikingAcademy, which is a forum where we meet our Global Distributors, Poul Bank Pettersson, Director, Regional Manager and Member relations Denmark from Arla Foods (Nordic multinational dairy company), explained how the company is working with their members to implement a plan to reduce the carbon footprint of milk production. 
26.12.2019
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19.12.2019
Clear breeding strategy - the key to managing market fluctuations 
Nina and Hannu Hokkanen have adapted to the lower milk prices. They don’t use external labour anymore and have minimised machinery and other investments. Their efforts in the breeding plan have been the secret behind their high-yielding herd’s daily life.
19.12.2019
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18.12.2019
VikingGenetics and the Jersey Cattle Society UK sign a strategical agreement 
VikingGenetics (VG) and the Jersey Cattle Society of the United Kingdom (JCSUK) have announced a joint agreement which will increase the ambition and scope of each organisation’s Jersey breeding programme.
18.12.2019
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13.12.2019
VikingHolstein - Master of Udder Health 
VikingGenetics has more focus on improving udder health than any other company in the world and is the leader when it comes genetic level for udder health.
13.12.2019
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11.12.2019
 “When health is in the genes, you can focus on other things”
The Mortensen family, owners of the Nørskovgaard farm with 160 Jersey cows, are making steady generational progress to guarantee their high-performance standard with the introduction of milking robots.  
11.12.2019
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04.12.2019
VikingGenetics is leading efforts to reduce carbon footprint by genetic selection
Ruminant livestock make a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and livestock production can account for up to 15% of greenhouse gases produced worldwide according to various scientific studies. As methane is a potentially harmful greenhouse gas there is a global interest in reducing the amount of methane produced. 
04.12.2019
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25.11.2019
Three Reasons Why VikingGenetics Breeding Programme Is Innovative
As our new branding campaign notes, the dairy industry is going to play a key role in meeting the rising demands of sustainable food production. This will put the spotlight on dairy farmers who, to accomplish this must ensure their farms are sustainable and their herds efficient. 
25.11.2019
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18.11.2019
Handle antimicrobials with care. We all have a role to play. 
This year again, VikingGenetics is joining the campaign to raise awareness of the use of antibiotics. 
18.11.2019
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22.10.2019
VikingGenetics appoints Henrik Biilmann as new CEO
VikingGenetics is pleased to announce that Henrik Biilmann is appointed as CEO starting 1 February 2020.
22.10.2019
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22.10.2019
Interbull confirms high genetic level for VikingGenetics' bulls
The International Bull Evaluation Service (Interbull) confirms the excellent genetic level for VikingGenetics' bulls for all the traits of economic importance. 
22.10.2019
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14.10.2019
VikingJersey success at annual herd competitions in South Africa
Herd competitions are organised by the different Jersey Clubs in South Africa on an annual base. It has been very popular throughout the years and a lot of emphasis is put on especially type. 
14.10.2019
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28.08.2019
VikingNews 02-19 is online now!
This issue focuses on GoldenCross but also includes the latest on innovation and sustainability and the latest info from the three dairy breeds; VikingHolstein, VikingJersey and VikingRed.
28.08.2019
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12.08.2019
Saved Feed index released in the Nordics 
With the new breeding values in August 2019, NAV (Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation) releases the first part of the Saved Feed index. The Saved Feed index will in the future include two separate breeding values for maintenance efficiency and metabolic efficiency. Many countries and cattle breeding companies have already developed breeding values for feed efficiency, but many of them are struggling with low reliability due to lack of sufficient data. 
12.08.2019
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17.06.2019
End of Financial Year Sale! 
Season Sale is on now! Offers are valid until 30th June or as long as stock lasts. Act fast to get the best offers! 
17.06.2019
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10.06.2019
Put Genetic Diversity At The Core To Avoid Economic Loss 
Genetic diversity is something a successful dairy cattle breeder really should consider when planning the next generation of dairy cows. It is no secret that inbreeding - the mating of related animals - is an invisible, costly and growing hazard for dairy farmers all around the world.
10.06.2019
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06.06.2019
Polled bulls are gaining popularity
There is an increasing interest in using polled bulls, to breed away from horned cows and thereby avoid dehorning of calves. In other countries such as Germany, this is an area that is greatly in focus, and they have many polled bulls to choose between. In the Nordic countries, the focus has been limited until recently. Currently, approximately 10 % of the AI bulls carry polled genes, but this number is increasing. 
06.06.2019
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27.05.2019
Saved Feed Index to be released in autumn 2019
For the past two years, The Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), the Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation (NAV) and the University of Aarhus in Denmark together with VikingGenetics have been working on developing a Feed Efficiency Index that can stand out from other ones available on the market – an index that dairy farmers around the world can trust.
27.05.2019
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24.04.2019
The relation between kg solids to body weight makes Jersey the perfect choice
Dennis and Erin Lomax believe the Jersey cow is the perfect choice when it comes to kilograms of milk solids to kilograms of cow body weight. The Lomax’s are achieving an average of 525 kg milk solids from a 475 average body weight cow.
24.04.2019
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12.04.2019
“It would not feel right milking any other breed”
Jersey Breeder, Rhys Thompson breeds Jersey cows in the upper reaches of the beautiful Mitta Valley, North East Victoria, Australia. Rhys along with his wife Laura and three children, George aged 4, Gracie aged 3 and Harriet aged 1, are the fourth generation also to own the family business and maybe young George will make it number five!
12.04.2019
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11.04.2019
VR Tokyo – The absolute No. 1 bull in Australia
The best production sire with outstanding levels of fat and protein
11.04.2019
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09.04.2019
“The love of cattle breeding was there from the beginning” 
Erik Thompson, Sales Manager for VikingGenetics Australia.
Since a child, Erik has always had a special love for dairy cows. “I was doing something a little different to what the “main pack” was doing,” he recalls. “I certainly share the same passion for dairy cows that my father Bill Thompson was known for in the Australian dairy industry.” 
09.04.2019
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04.04.2019
Hans Peter Lildholdt is an ambassador for VikingRed
As Danish Red cows are not as widespread in Denmark as other breeds, Hans Peter Lildholdt feels he has a bigger responsibility, both in terms of his contribution to breeding and the story of Danish Reds.
04.04.2019
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22.03.2019
Sustainable genetics from the Nordics
Are Nordic cows the best in the world? Watch the video! 
22.03.2019
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18.03.2019
Total merit indexes – NTM vs. JPI
Total merit indexes like NTM (Nordic Total Merit), JPI, TPI NM$ index, PLI, BPI among others are important genetic selection tools. The indexes differ by the traits covered and by the weight allocated to the specific traits.
18.03.2019
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06.03.2019
Optimisation as a growth strategy rather than expansion
Anders Forsberg is operations manager at Gl. Krogaard in Ullerslev on Funen, and he is a man with ambition. He cares for the 250 cows here as though they were his own, because one day they will be.
06.03.2019
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27.02.2019
Viking sends semen, embryos and Jersey heifers to Uganda
With the aim of improving milk production in Uganda, VikingDenmark has entered into a long-term partnership with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Uganda. 
27.02.2019
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18.02.2019
ProCROSS cows improving the bottom line at Casal de Quintanelas farm 
The Casal de Quintanelas farm is located in Sintra, Portugal and has been using the ProCROSS system since 2007. The farm has 370 ProCROSS cows and owner, Antonio Castanhe­ria, took over the farm after managing it for several years.
18.02.2019
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08.02.2019
"NTM has certainly turbo charged breeding"
Bjørn Lyngholm bases his breeding work on NTM at his farm near Gørding in Denmark. An enterprise that has now added a bull, VJ Dandi, to its breeding programme.
08.02.2019
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31.01.2019
NTM is about money
As a dairy farmer, you are a very busy person, and you need to be an expert on so many things to keep your farm running. 
31.01.2019
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30.01.2019
High quality offspring by using cutting-edge tools in Rabbalshede farm in Sweden
Tomas Moberg and his brother Björn are the fourth generation with a passion for cattle breeding on Rabbalshede farm. 
30.01.2019
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23.01.2019
The couple behind VR Wild: “NTM is what counts for us”
Nita and Jakob Gade have 385 Danish Red cows on their Stakildgaard farm, and their breeding strategy links in NTM to achieve the best possible end results.
23.01.2019
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22.01.2019
Follerbakken Holstein Herd in Denmark
Ella and Soren Kaae have 240 Holstein cows in their herd, Follerbakken, close to Frederikshavn in the very north of Denmark.
22.01.2019
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17.01.2019
Identifying genetic disorders with genomic testing
Genetic information will be published in the Nordic national cattle databases in Finland, Denmark, and Sweden, and it is already available on all bull profiles on VikingGenetics’ websites.  
17.01.2019
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10.01.2019
VH Don Red - the bull from Vammen Holstein
Kim Fagerlin has added VH Don Red - the first ever Red Holstein bull, that is now top of the list in the breeding programme.
10.01.2019
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02.01.2019
"We always use a narrow spectrum of antibiotics"
Sofia Muñoz is a district vet based on the west coast of Sweden and employed by the Swedish Board of Agriculture - a government agency. She explains that they are not only responsible for border control and official tasks but are also active in both large and small animal practices.
02.01.2019
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07.12.2018
"In our barn Mastitis is 1% in average, and we are happy with this"
Erik Dolby and his wife Anne-Marie have been breeding for a medium sized cow at Fuglsøgaard farm in Denmark and as a result of this strategy, they are now increasing production while decreasing diseases in their herd.
07.12.2018
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16.11.2018
“The mix of passion for cows with the curiosity of people is what I enjoy the most.”
Sara Wiklert Peterson, Head of Sales, in charge of the three priority export markets for VikingGenetics: United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. She is a member of the Management team and the chief manager at VG Skara, Sweden. Sara was also in charge of the Export Manager group to global markets and a pioneer in the development of the crossbreed system, ProCROSS. 
16.11.2018
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