Commitment Behind the Program
Select Sires provides numerous strategies for breeding profitable cows, including crossbreeding. Brent Czech, New Heights Dairy near Rice, Minn., is one of several Select Sires customer-owners who has noticed lower stillbirths, higher reproductive efficiency and other benefits with his crossbred cows.
The goal is to have moderate size cows, breeding the Holstein to Jersey produces a moderate size cow immediately. The Holstein x Jersey cross can have a Montbeliarde calf easier than a pure Holstein. Getting the Jersey before the Montbeliarde keeps the size of the three-way cross down.
"A good Holstein base, made by selecting high-quality Holstein genetics, is critical for crossbreeding to be a success. When choosing Holstein sires I choose the very best... You also have to use the best genetics available from each breed in the crossbreeding rotation after that."
-New Heights Dairy, Rice, Minn., 1,400 cows
The key to crossbreeding success is to find a good balance in a:
- system that is simple enough to properly manage
- system that maintains reasonable heterosis
SelectCROSS helps guide you to this balance. Crossbreeding can be a competitive breeding strategy if you use the right breeds in a planned, systematic way. Contact your Select Sires representative to get specific details to meet your breeding goals today.