Semi-mixed-ration system

Semi-mixed-
ration system

High production based upon a mixed ration
  • Optimize grass utilization
  • Maximum feed efficiency
  • Mixed ration, no sacrifice on output

Semi-mixed-ration system

In this system, your dairy cows produce high volumes of milk or solids based upon a predominantly mixed ration which at times includes grazed pasture. Your cows are kept indoors but graze when the conditions are right.

You aim for maximum feed efficiency resulting in a positive margin over feed and optimum cow health. The system tries to optimize utilization of grass when available without sacrificing output.

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 semi-mixed-ration cow

  • Has a high lifetime production
  • Has a good feed efficiency
  • Is flexible in her feed intake (mixed ration and grazing)
  • Is robust
  • Walks on strong feet and legs
  • Is disease resistant
  • Has a medium to high body weight
  • Has a good udder quality


Your ideal semi-mixed-ration cow is bred by a mixture of Holstein/Jersey and grazing CRV genetics.

he ideal semi-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.

The CRV farming-system navigator with its 5 step approach supports you in making a breeding plan

Start with the semi-mixed-ration system

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