Saldo

Saldo

In the summer of 2012 the University of Minnesota presented  the final results of the study of the six herds in California. The production, fertility and calving ease has been known earlier.

New study: ProCROSS cows make 30% more money!

Now the lifetime performance was analyzed together with economics. The result shows significant improvement on fertility, survival and profit when crossbreeding with Montbéliarde and VikingRed.

Table 1. Percentages of cows that are calving in for the 2nd, 3rd ro 4th time

  Pure Holstein G1: Montbéliarde - Holstein G1: Swedish Red - Holstein
2nd calving 75% 89% 85%
3rd calving 51% 75% 71%
4th calving 29% 55% 50%

 

Table 2. Lifetime production

  Pure Holstein Montbéliarde - Holstein Swedish Red - Holstein
Cows 416 503 421
Milk (kg) 28.145 +4.815 extra +3.197 extra
Fat (kg) 998 +222 extra +159 extra
Protein (kg) 873 +180 extra +132 extra
Fat+Protein (kg) 1.871 +401 extra +291 extra
Percentage of Holstein   +21% extra +16% extra

 

Table 3. Lifetime profit within 4 years of first calving (health costs not indluded)

  Pure Holstein Montbéliarde - Holstein Swedish Red - Holstein
Cows 416 503 421
Days in herd 937 1150 1092
Lifetime profit $4.347 $6.503 $6.272
Difference to Holstein   +$2.256 +$1.925
Percentage of Holstein   +36% +44%

 

Table 4. Profit per day in herd

  Pure Holstein Montbéliarde - Holstein Swedish Red - Holstein
Cows 416 503 421
First 4 years $4.17 $4.39 $4.32
Difference   +0.22 +0.15
Percentage of Holstein   +5.8% +3.6%
Lifetime $4.58 $4.74 $4.69
Difference   +0.16 +0.11
Percentage of Holstein   +3.5% +2.4%