1-2-3 method contributes to good udder health

Dry off protocol at K.I. Samen breeding station and dairy farm Optimising dry off “It’s advisable to draw up a protocol that describes the dry off process”, begins Ralph Engelen. “Doing this forces you to think carefully about the best way to dry off your cows.” K.I. SAMEN breeding station and dairy farm has fine-tuned…

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Improving udder health

Choice of bull plays a role Mastitis resistance is partly hereditary and can be positively influenced by selective breeding. Bulls that score high for udder health produce cows that suffer less from inflamed udders and have a lower somatic cell count, both of which reduce the incidence of problems. Growing numbers of dairy farmers are…

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Three Bs top the rankings

Select reliable, tested sires When he bred this trio of bulls, Ralph focused on selecting reliable, tested sires that offered good to very good maternal calving ease combined with a short gestation time. What most people do not know is that the Belgian Blue breeding activities at K.I. Samen started more than 12 years ago…

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