- Multiple locations for each part in the process
- From breeding to innovation
- Dedicated specialists work on our products and services
CRV has multiple locations for each part in the process. From breeding and testing to production and innovation.
Dedicated specialists work on our products and services at each location so that we can help you optimize your herd. In addition, we are working on innovations to help you respond to market developments and continue to feed the world together in the future.
The heart of CRV’s Holstein breeding programme is in Wirdum in Friesland, the Netherlands. CRV’s Dairy Breeding Center is home to some 400 young female animals with the highest genetic predisposition for health and efficiency. They have been chosen from among very best animals in the European Holstein population and are used as donors for the breeding programme. The next generation of bulls and bull dams will be selected from the calves produced by their embryos.
Watch the video below for an impression of our Dairy Breeding Center.
CRV’s test farms
CRV has 10 dairy farms in the Nederlands and Flanders. These test farms have a vital role to play in the breeding programme.
When they are pregnant, the donors are transferred from the DBC to one of the test farms. Here, they give birth to their first calves and have the opportunity to prove their genetic potential. The CRV test farms are commercial dairy farms which, in addition to their own animals, take in 15 heifers from the breeding programme each year. In this way the dams and grand dams of the bulls in CRV’s portfolio are extensively trialled in practical conditions. There are numerous cows that originate from the CRV breeding programme on these test farms that have produced 100,000kg of milk.
Watch the video below for an impression of our test farms.
In addition to the DBC and the various test farms, CRV also has a number of production locations.
CRV’s production site/bulls facility in Harfsen
CRV’s facility for bulls in Harfsen has been extensively renovated. At the semen production site in Harfsen, 100 bulls can now be housed in comfortable, deep litter pens that measure 27 square metres. These pens have been designed to maximize animal welfare. Mechanisation has been introduced and the barns also feature special UV lighting and a climate control system.
Watch the video below for an impression of our production site in Harfsen and read more about this location.
CRV’s production site in Giekerk
This site is home to 80 production bulls. This barn was renovated in 2016 to make it future proof. The barns are designed an equipped for optimal animal welfare. This site is also equipped with UV-light and a climate control system. CRV is the only herd improvement organization in the world to use such a system.
Watch the video below for an impression of our production site in Giekerk.
Semen processing and distribution
The Semen Processing Center and the International Logistics Center in Deventer, the Netherlands play a crucial role in the production process of CRV. The locations in Deventer have recently been modernized and comply with the highest quality standards. CRV is proud to have such an (ultra-)modern laboratory and distribution centre, and is very keen to show this.
Watch the video below for an impression of our innovative Semen Processing Center and International Logistics Center and read more about these locations.