We believe that this grand daughter of the famous bull B Jurist, is a great example of a cow that saves feed. She is producing at least 1,000 litres more than her herd mates on the same feed.
In our pasture-based system, productions are normally a lot lower than in stabled systems where cows besides hay and silage, receives quite a few kilos of grain and / or concentrates.
Our cows are outside grazing all year round and though the receive silage of maize, with quite a bit of corn and thus extra energy in their silage, their feed is pasture based: mainly alfalfa during the hot summer months and oats or barley in the winter.
Aiming for excellence
Our aim is to try to produce as much first-class milk as possible, with cows that are healthy and in great condition and with as low a cost as possible.
When the climate allows for a good growth rate of the pastures, our VikingRed thrive on this pasture life, cows producing well into their 8th, 9th lactations - some even more.
However, without the extra energy of grain or concentrates, productions normally stay around 20 - 25 litres for the first-calvers and 30 - 35 for the older cows, some exceptional older ladies reaching 38 or even 40 litres.
So when this special cow, a second-calver, peaked in her second lactation at 42 - 44 - 40 litres, it really took us by surprise. She is sired by a son of Buckarby and with Jurist (from the Botans farm in the North of Sweden) as her maternal grandsire.