the reproductive and survival success!
- Maintening high production
- Getting more heifers to raise
- Cutting down your vet costs
Ensuring the profitability of your dairy operation
"Our bankers love
them, just as we do!"
from Oakdale and Modesto, California started crossbreeding
6 years ago with Montbeliarde genetics.
"For us, pregnant cows are the greatest economic driver
on a dairy, and each pregnancy obtained, further ensures the
success of the entire dairy operation. Our Montbeliarde-Holstein
are high producers and consistent breeders, just what we needed.
In addition, they have so much strengh," say John and
Bill Bergwerff, Oakdale CA.
John Kruston's opinion:
"My Montbeliarde/Holsteins are surprising. They carry
that extra body condition that keeps them away from trouble.
As heifers, I feed them a third less compared to holstein
heifers. They are just more efficient and when milking, I
am getting a lot less metabolic problems, and their feet &
legs are the best I have ever seen!! Those Montbeliarde/Holstein
are just calving, producing and breeding like our cows used
to do it before, I am back in business!"
Montbeliarde: Voted :#1 Crossbreed by dairymen who
results from 7 large dairies in California,
U.S.A. Crossbreeding trials
Hansen, Brad Heins and Tony Seykora, University
of Minnesota, 2006)
|Cows starting study
|1st Lact (305 d) (kg)
|2nd Lact (305 d) (kg)
|3rd Lact (305 d) (kg)
|Prot avg 3 lact (%)
|Fat avg 3 lact
|* Sire Calving Diff (%)
|* Sire Still birth (%)
|** Mat. Calv. Dif (%)
|** Mat. Stillbirth (%)
|Survival 305 days (1st Lact)
|Cows calving a 2nd time :
|within 14 months (%)
|within 20 months (%)
|* on pure Holstein cows
** on 1st Calving
IMPORTANT: NO ADJUSTMENTS
WERE MADE TO PRODUCTION
DATA ACCORDING TO PREGNANCY STATUS
Excellent California results and
new Montbeliarde trials at the University of Minnesota
3 lactations (305 days), the Montbeliarde/Holstein crossbreeds
were significantly superior to pure Holsteins for calving
ease, stillbirth, fertility, and survival in seven large California
Advantages for these important traits economically overwhelms
the slight advantage of pure Holsteins for production compared
to their Montbeliarde/Holstein crossbreed herdmates."
The Montbeliarde breed appears to be an attractive option
for dairy crossbreeding programs around the world.
Montbeliarde was chosen by the University of Minnesota to
include in our 3-breed rotational crossbreeding system for
comparison with top-pedigreedpure Holsteins in research trials.
Results for production and reproduction will become available
L.B. Hansen, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.,