The goal was to get good longevity and easy calving and Corjan and Sandra Doornenbal, who moved from the Netherlands to Ontario, Canada, almost 15 years ago opened for a crossbred herd and today they milk about 180 cows. When they started, they had a pure Holstein herd but Corjan started to use some Swedish Red bulls like Orraryd and A Linné. Now the oldest Swedish cows are in their sixth lactation, and Corjan and Sandra are very happy with them.
“The production level is good, calvings are easy and the cows have good conformation”, Corjan says. At this moment, the best crossbred cows in the herd are Orraryd and A Linné daughters. There are many VR Cigar and Buckarby daughters among heifers and they look very promising.
Many daughters by Gunnarstorp
Dave and Anneke De Boer milk about 120 cows in Ontario, Canada. Dave started crossbreeding almost ten years ago after his father visited Sweden and saw red cows there. Dave started to use Gunnarstorp in his herd years ago and there are still many daughters on the farm. They have good longevity and look very good. Orraryd daughters have done the same. The best cow in the herd is a Peterslund daughter, in fourth lactation. The cow had twin calves last time but no problems and she is pregnant again. “She is the best cow in the herd and produces more than 50 kg milk per day now.”, says Dave.
|Pieter Schuurmans from CRV Canada and Dave De Boer with crossbred heifers.|
|An A Linné daughter|