Boost reproductive performance in your herd Can you afford the long-term effects of poor cow fertility? Save from 20 to 42 EUR per cow per year - choose VikingFertilityTM sires! That is the value of using a sire with a superior genetic level for daughter fertility (EBV 120). Bulls with a high genetic level for daughter fertility create extra value for your dairy business. Savings per cow VikingHolstein Savings from reduced period from 1st to last insemination for cows 33 EUR Savings from improved conception rate for cows 8 EUR Total savings 42 EUR VikingJersey 15 EUR 5 EUR 20 EUR* VikingRed 27 EUR 8 EUR 36 EUR Based on Nordic conditions. *Price of animals and lower production are main reasons for lower level For a herd with 100 cows, that is between 2,000 to 4,200 EUR of extra earnings per year. The decision to invest in genetics that you make today have an impact on your bottom line in the years to come. Secure your future success today. Why does cow fertility matter? Poor cow fertility impacts the profitability of your dairy herd. The costs are often hidden but have a huge influence on your bottom line. Poor fertility results in: • Increased number of empty days resulting in higher feed cost without any production in return • More culling due to infertility, higher proportion of involuntary culling • Higher insemination costs • Higher veterinary costs • Longer lactation and lower profitability • Risk of reduced milk yield in the next lactation due to dry period being too long • Reduced number of heifers for sale Poor fertility is among the most common culling reasons in dairy herds. For Holstein, poor fertility is the most frequent reason for culling in Denmark and accounts for 21% of all culling. When culling is related to poor fertility, it is always involuntary. With a consistent focus on fertility in your breeding strategy, you can achieve higher profitability. Herds with a higher production level can achieve bigger savings from improved fertility because every day without milk is costing more. Struggling with poor fertility in your dairy herd? As the production level of your cows continues to increase, you will learn that fertility needs extra attention from you. Data show that there is a strong negative genetic correlation between milk yield and daughter fertility traits.
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