VikingGenetics is stepping up its commitment by accelerating investment in the Nordic Saved Feed Index, to include registrations from more than 30,000 cows. Resulting in more than 1,300,000+ daily intake records by 2025.
As part of its commitment to innovative breeding and future-friendly farming, VikingGenetics’ Board of Directors has decided to speed up investment in the Cattle Feed Intake System (CFIT) project that collects data for calculating the Saved Feed Index. The goal is to have feed intake data for 30,000 cows by 2025 for its three major dairy breeds – Holstein, Jersey, and Red Dairy Cattle. VikingGenetics are the only company in the world to have a Saved Feed Index on the Jerseys and the Red Dairy breed.
This decision aims to continue growing the collaboration with farmers in VikingGenetics' home markets (Denmark, Finland, and Sweden) and globally, by giving them more opportunities to access highly reliable feed-efficiency data. The data can help farmers make better-informed decisions that increase their herds’ feed efficiency and cut costs, reduce emissions, and make their lives easier.
Per-Johan Svensson, Chairman of the Board for VikingGenetics, highlights the benefits saved feed offers to farmers, stating: “VikingGenetics wants to maintain their position among the world leaders within selection for improved energy efficiency and reduced climate impact. Therefore, this is the right time to promote investment in the CFIT System and get more data from more cows. This will benefit all farmers using VikingGenetics and the planet.”
Research into greenhouse gases indicates that, on average, 6% of the energy that a cow eats is spent on producing methane. However, this varies from 2-12% depending on how efficiently the cow converts feed into milk.