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Crossbreeding - Fleckvieh x Holstein

How does our crossing programme Fleckvieh x Holstein Friesian work?

The F1-generation

The most important goals for the F1-generation are:

  • Improvement of substance and muscling of the dairy cows
  • Improvement of conformation
  • Improvement of fitness
  • Improvement of of the quality of the calves (fattening ability) and of cow type
  • Improvement of milk protein content
  • Reduction of mastitis and somatic cell count

In order to reach good results in the F1-generation the Fleckvieh sire has to meet the following demands:

  • RH-free Fleckvieh
  • Good breeding values but not too high milk values
  • Good breeding values for classification of the carcass
  • Selected bulls might show negative figures for frame, but no compromises should be made as far as muscling, conformation and udder are concerned

It is our goal to breed a balanced F1 crossbred animal that has a maximum amount of heterosis, brings along the predisposition for good growth and makes the first 100 days of the lactation without melting too much of the body substance, since the cow has to become pregnant again soon in order to meet our demand of one calf per year.

Advantages of the F1 generation

  • Exploitation of the heteorsis effects, that express particularly in fitness traits
  • Excellent production and low somatic cell counts
  • Longevity and excellent health
  • Good fattening abilities of the crossed calves

 

The mating programme for the production of the F2, F3 and F4-generation Fleckvieh x Holstein

The F1 generation cow should be judged according to the following criteria:

Does the crossbred cow have enough muscling?
Do type traits and udder meet the demands?
Which traits (type traits, performance) have to be improved?

In the case the F1 cows don't show enough substance and muscling, again a bull from the F1 generation programme should be used.

In general we recommend bulls from the upper third of the population of the Fleckvieh breed to produce the F2 generation. In this step the milk production is of great importance.