- Optimize grass utilization
- Maximum feed efficiency
- Mixed ration, no sacrifice on output
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
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:
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.