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Beef on Dairy — Profit from every cow

Use beef genetics on your lower-ranking dairy cows for the highest return on investment. Breed healthy, fast-growing calves with optimal carcass value. Get better animal welfare and reduce climate impact with Beef on Dairy.

More profitable calves

How do you make a higher profit from the dairy cows that won't be used for the next generation? What if you could have bigger, healthier calves with a higher carcass value, easy calvings, and reduced climate impact, all at the same time?

VikingBeef bulls are specifically bred for the beef-on-dairy segment, where easy calvings are the number one priority.

Our sires give higher profitability to dairy herds delivering calves with higher growth rates and better meat quality.

VikingBeef sires provide…

  • Easy calvings - Optimal calving performance when used on dairy cows
  • High production - Increased daily gain and superior carcass value
  • Healthy calves - Strong, vigorous calves with high survivability
  • Reliable data - Progeny-tested on dairy cows with high reliability

When you combine beef male semen on your lower-ranking cows with female sexed semen on your best heifers, you get the most profitable results.

beef cattle on pasture

Recommended Beef on Dairy -bulls

At VikingGenetics, we supply dairy farmers around the world with the highest quality beef semen solutions dedicated to the Beef on Dairy concept.

Our breeding programmes are based on extensive scientific research and data collection carried out by farmers, veterinarians, AI technicians, abattoirs and other experts in the field.

Breed Name Bull status Sexed semen NBDI
Danish Blue VB Nase Proven   5
Danish Blue VB Nito Proven   17
Danish Blue VB Orakkel Proven   21

Please contact us to find out the availability.

Profit from every cow with Beef on Dairy

Easy calvings, high production, healthy calves, and higher profitability. That’s what you get with VikingBeef. Profit from every cow by using beef genetics on the dairy cows that won't be used for the next generation.

Get bigger, healthier calves with a higher carcass value, easy calvings, and reduced climate impact, all at the same time, with Beef on Dairy.

What traits should I look for in Beef on Dairy bulls?

In our Nordic Beef on Dairy Index (NBDI), you'll find information about the bull's ability to pass on desirable traits to its offspring.

The NBDI is based on data from the offspring of the bulls when the bulls have been used on dairy cows. The index works across breeds, focusing on two main areas: Birth and Growth.

The Birth index is the first area to focus on when you select bulls. It consists of two evaluations:

  • Ease of calving
  • Calf survival

The Growth index consists of three sub-indices:

  • Daily carcass gain
  • Carcass conformation score
  • Carcass fat score

The goal of the NBDI is to ensure you the highest profitability.

Hereford animals on pasture

Consumer demands, better climate and animal welfare

Estimates show that up to 60% of all dairy cows will be inseminated with beef semen by 2030.

In addition to the obvious financial benefits for the farmer and beef producer, the following key factors are driving the demand:

  • Consumers are asking for local meat. Instead of importing beef from other continents, beef calves can be bred locally.
  • Beef on Dairy means less environmental impact due to less carbon emission from transporting beef from other continents. You also get less waste in your dairy business as the use of beef semen boosts the value of your lower-ranking cows.
  • You get better animal welfare with less unnecessary culling of small dairy male calves. Easier calvings for the cow and better health for every cow in your herd.

Are you ready for a Beef on Dairy strategy for your herd?

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