Mixed-ration system

Mixed-ration system

Positive margin over feed, optimum cow health
  • Maximum feed efficiency
  • Optimum cow health
  • High volumes of milk or solids

Mixed-ration system

In this system, your dairy cows produce high volumes of milk or solids based upon a carefully managed (mixed) ration whilst permanently housed. You aim for maximum feed efficiency resulting in a positive margin over feed and optimum cow health. You squeeze every ounce of genetic ability out of your genetics.

CRV is dedicated to support you in breeding and managing better cows. The CRV farming system navigator with its 5 step approach supports you in making a breeding plan that fits your specific farming system.

The ideal mixed-ration cow

  • Has a high lifetime production
  • Has good feed efficiency
  • Has a good udder
  • Is robust
  • Has strong feet and legs
  • Is very healthy and has a strong immune system
  • Has a high body weight


Your ideal mixed-ration cow is bred by using CRV Holstein or jersey genetics.

he ideal mixed-ration cow

5 steps of the CRV farming system

The CRV farming-system navigator with its 5 step approach supports you in making a breeding plan that fits your specific farming system.

Step 1. Farming-system navigator

Your CRV consultant will assist you in following the navigator to define
your farming system.

Step 2. Breeding goal

Define your breeding goal and check the attention traits for breed and sire selection as indicated in the description of your farming system.

CRV defines 4 farming systems:

  1. Grazing
  2. Semi grazing
  3. Semi mixed ration
  4. Mixed ration

Step 3. Preferred breeds
All CRV breeds can be used for pure breeding as well as for cross breeding. Determine the breed(s) you want to use in your breeding plan.

Step 4. My breeding scheme (sketch)

Your CRV consultant advises you a breeding scheme that fits your personal breeding plan.

Step 5. Sire selection

Choose sires that fit your breeding strategy or use CRV’s advanced mating program SireMatch.

5 step approach CRV Farming System breeding strategy

Start with the mixed- ration system

Are you interested in the mixed-ration grazing system or would you like some more information? Find a representative in your region or request more information via our contact form.