PRETTY AS A PICTURE AND PRODUCTIVE!

Fientje 642 is living proof that pretty and production can go hand in hand! This REMBRANDT daughter already has some 120,000 kg of milk to her name with 3.60% protein. And, a few months ago Fientje 642 triumphed by winning the championships for older cows at the winter show in Asten-Heusden. She is a shining example of the image that we at K.I. SAMEN…

SURVIVAL RATE POLITICALLY INFLUENCED

The many changes to legislation- the well-known phosphate rights - have caused the survival scores of all bulls to drop by an average of three points. This means that the average bulls score clearly lower than we are accustomed to, but this information is always the raw data as presented by CRV u.a.   What is striking however is that a bull such…

PRACTICAL PROVEN BREEDING!

The news item published on the KI-SAMEN website about the index run of 5 April already described how the bulls MALKI and MALANDO have shot up the NVI charts. The higher NVI ratings are partly due to the exceptionally high scores for claw health (a new component of the NVI merit index) awarded to both bulls. Malando scored 109 for claw health, while…

FARMERS WISH INTRODUCES THE FIRST BULL FROM THE UNIQUE AFRA FAMILY: FAWI OLBIA

The maternal line of FaWi OLBIA are the Afras owned by the Lansbergen family from Egmond aan de Hoef. For five successive generations, this family has achieved lifetime production of 100,000 kilos of milk. Durable, trouble-free and amazing stamina are the traits at the cornerstones of the Afras’ success.    The story of the Afras starts…

BETTER BUILD IS BASIS FOR SUCCESS OF K.I. SAMEN BULLS!

No matter what the ratings in the index run say, a bull's build is the decisive factor when it comes to a positive contribution to the farm results by his daughters. Big MALKI with an INET score of 75 in his first index run in December 2016, now has a 224 INET. This is partly due to his persistency (111) and high score for late maturity (112).…

GOOD CONDITION EQUALS LONGER LIFE

Don Bennink gave a very interesting presentation at the "Breeding for Longevity" symposium in Heerenveen. Part of his lecture explained about the digital cushion in the cow's claw. Cows in good body condition have a thicker digital cushion than cows in poor condition. It also appears that cows with claw problems often have a thinner cushion,…

SEXED PEP-RED SEMEN NOW AVAILABLE

Sexed semen from PEP-RED arrived at our lab last week. This red-and-white bull from the Windy-Knoll View Pala pedigree cuts an impressive figure, boasting many conformation qualities inherited from his family line. Conventional semen from PEP-RED is also available, in addition to sexed semen. NB: the number of straws of sexed semen from PEP-RED from…

COW LONGEVITY STARTS WITH THE BULL TO BE USED

When it comes to the longevity of cows, there are many opinions. This is demonstrated by an article published on 24 February in Melkvee Magazine in which the topic was discussed by a group of breeders focusing on longevity. However, the opinions are often related. Bas Engelen, owner and founder of K.I. SAMEN, explains how he sees it: cow longevity…

SPECIAL COW IN THE SPOTLIGHTS: ELS 286!

BURNSTYN daughter Els 286 is cow that has simply improved as the years go by. And here are the pictures to prove it.   Background Our quest for suitable cows for the daughter group by sire Peeldijker Burnstyn in 2012 soon lead to the farm owned by the Arendsen-Raedt family in Barchem. Their barns housed a beautiful heifer with qualities that suggested…

BELGIAN BLUE BEEF ON DAIRY BULLS

New bulls, proven or being tested, continue to join the ranks at K.I. SAMEN. K.I. SAMEN operates the largest crossing programme in the Netherlands. Belgian Blue bulls account for the largest share of all breeds used for crossbreeding on dairy. We also study the suitability of other breeds for beef on dairy use. The overview below lists the latest ease…