General information

Cattle and small ruminants

Veepro Holland works closely with the cooperative cattle improvement organization (CRV) and the Friesian Holland cattle studbook (FHRS). CRV is the largest Dutch-Flemish organization for cattle improvement and holder of the pedigree for 26 different cattle breeds, including the Holstein Friesian. Roughly around 80% of export heifers originate from members of the CRV. Thanks to the CRV, the breeding goals are updated every 5 years after thorough evaluation. This ensures long-term continuous cattle improvement. This is done by breeding with healthy and efficient herds and monitoring the current herd with farm inspections, MPR, management products, expertise, semen and embryos. This ensures that the best calves are born, delivering high milk yields and high life production. There are also multiple pedigree holders for sheep and goats. For example; Blackblaze Breeders group, Association of Special Sheep Breeds, Studbook Blue Texel, Dutch organization for goat breeding and many more.

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A few cattle breeds are:

HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN

Holstein Friesian (HF), originated in the Netherlands, is nowadays known as the world’s highest producing dairy cow with a long production life. These cows are black and white or red and white. They have a slim body with less muscle than other cows and have excellent udders. The black and white cows produce more milk than the red and white cows.

MAAS-RIJN-IJSSEL

The Maas-Rijn-IJssel (MRIJ) cattle are a reddish-brown dual purpose breed, with high protein and fat contents. Being a dual purpose breed, they also put on a good portion of meat. They’re a robust type of cattle able to manage very well on a sober ration, with good fertility and strong legs.

FLECHVIEH

Flechvieh is the most commonly seen cow in dairy farming, after the Holstein Friesian. Originated from central Europe, this cow is a dual purpose breed with a white head and a brown and white coat. It’s a strong and sober breed with excellent udders.

JERSEY COW

The Jersey Cow, originally from Jersey, has a high dairy quality and a good meat quality. The Jersey cow is considered to be a luxury cow, whose colors vary from creamy white to dark brown. They are a relative small breed (1,25 cm) with low feeding costs, low emissions and strong legs.

FRIES-HOLLANDS

Fries-Hollands cattle is an uncommon dual purpose breed originally bred in Friesland. They have powerful white legs and a good muscle growth, with a black and white coat.

BLAARKOP

The Blaarkop is a breed that goes well with a sober management. It’s a dual purpose breed with a little bit more focus on meat compared to dairy. They have good legs and claws and have a thick coat. They are an excellent breed for organic farmers.

MONTBELIARD

The Montbeliard is a dual purpose breed, focused on dairy production with little concern. This breed is getting more popular. The breed is originally from France. It’s a cow that is easily impregnated and with a long dairy production.

BROWN SWISS

The Brown Swiss originated in Swiss is a cow with a lot of strength and strong claws. Its legs and claws are scored as higher than the mean. It’s a dual purpose breed with more focus on dairy compared to meat, with high fat proteins.

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Cattle genetics

As stated before, the Dutch dairy cow population primarily owes its high quality to its genetic potential. Due to the high level of participation of Dutch dairy farmers in breeding activities like herd book registration, milk recording, type classification, and artificial insemination (AI). Nowhere in the world is the level of dairy farmer participation in these activities as high as in the Netherlands. As a result, AI organizations can develop and implement fine-tuned breeding programs. The most important selection criteria are milk production, fat and protein percentage, age durability, functional traits (udder, feet and legs), fertility, health, calving ease, and type. The indexes for calculating the breeding values are constantly updated according to the newest scientific insights.

Information

Year 2019-2020

Breed Amount Age Days Dairy (kg) Fat (%) Protein (%) Fat (kg) Protein (kg) F+P (kg)
HF black 589930 3.10 358 10688 4,34 3,56 464 381 844
HF red 120718 3.11 356 9838 4,54 3,67 447 361 808
MRIJ 5904 4.05 341 7367 4,55 3,75 335 276 611
FH 724 4.05 352 7324 4,52 3,67 331 269 600
Blaarkop 744 4.06 332 6183 4,35 3,66 269 226 495
Jersey 2899 3.09 351 6779 5,94 4,22 403 286 689
Montbeliard 1124 4.04 335 8745 4,24 3,53 371 309 679
Brown Swiss 233 4.00 366 9043 4,68 3,7 423 335 758
Flechvieh 2082 3.08 333 8081 4,38 3,56 354 288 642
Information

Year 2019-2020

Amount:
589930
Age:
3.10
Days:
358
Dairy (kg):
10688
Fat (%):
4,34
Protein (%):
3,56
Fat (kg):
464
Protein (kg):
381
F+P (kg):
844

Amount:
120718
Age:
3.11
Days:
356
Dairy (kg):
9838
Fat (%):
4,54
Protein (%):
3,67
Fat (kg):
447
Protein (kg):
361
F+P (kg):
808

Amount:
5904
Age:
4.05
Days:
341
Dairy (kg):
7367
Fat (%):
4,55
Protein (%):
3,75
Fat (kg):
335
Protein (kg):
276
F+P (kg):
611

Amount:
724
Age:
4.05
Days:
352
Dairy (kg):
7324
Fat (%):
4,52
Protein (%):
3,67
Fat (kg):
331
Protein (kg):
269
F+P (kg):
600

Amount:
744
Age:
4.06
Days:
332
Dairy (kg):
6183
Fat (%):
4,35
Protein (%):
3,66
Fat (kg):
269
Protein (kg):
226
F+P (kg):
495

Amount:
2899
Age:
3.09
Days:
351
Dairy (kg):
6779
Fat (%):
5,94
Protein (%):
4,22
Fat (kg):
403
Protein (kg):
286
F+P (kg):
689

Amount:
1124
Age:
4.04
Days:
335
Dairy (kg):
8745
Fat (%):
4,24
Protein (%):
3,53
Fat (kg):
371
Protein (kg):
309
F+P (kg):
679

Amount:
233
Age:
4.00
Days:
366
Dairy (kg):
9043
Fat (%):
4,68
Protein (%):
3,7
Fat (kg):
423
Protein (kg):
335
F+P (kg):
758

Amount:
2082
Age:
3.08
Days:
333
Dairy (kg):
8081
Fat (%):
4,38
Protein (%):
3,56
Fat (kg):
354
Protein (kg):
288
F+P (kg):
642

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A few small ruminants breeds are:

TEXELAAR

Texelaar is the Netherlands most common meat and wool sheep, with an excellent growth rate.

ZWARTBLES

Zwartbles, this breed gives a lot of offspring, and produce high amount of dairy. Offspring of 3 or 4 lambs are not a rarity.

BLAUWE TEXELAAR

Blauwe Texelaar is a heavy meat sheep with a beautiful coat. They are a calmer breed with great fertility.

DUTCH WHITE SAANEN

The Netherland White Goat is a famous, high in demand, long-legged dairy goat with a sustainable productive life.

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Other breeds are:

There are many more great cattle, sheep and goat breeds, for example Lakenvelder, Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Quessantsheep and the Netherlands Landgoat.

For more breeds and information on cattle breeds click here. For more breed and information on sheep breeds click here and for more information on goat breeds click here.