Index news: healthy cows with high components
Maikodaughter Erie 54, owner Melkveebedrijf de Kwadenkamp, Terwolde, The Netherlands

A healthy herd makes a farmer’s life more pleasurable and profitable. April’s index run shows that a consistent breeding strategy certainly delivers the desired results. The bulls from CRV stand out for their all-round profile.
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INDEX NEWS: Fleckvieh bulls deliver high levels of health and efficiency
Haribodaughter Angelika
A healthy herd makes a farmer’s life more pleasurable and profitable. April’s index run shows that a consistent breeding strategy certainly delivers the desired results. CRV has an interesting portfolio of Fleckvieh bulls that contribute to a healthy and efficient herd.
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Four-calver Annemien 44 is the first cow to receive the title Red & White Holstein Cow of the Year from the Red & White Platform. Youris daughter received the most votes from farmers who could make their preferences known by e-mail.

'Annemien is an ideal cow for us and we would love to have a stable full of this kind of cows. She produces a lot of milk with high contents, gives a calf every year, and never had an increased cell count," says her owner, Bert-Wim Hofmeijer from Lochem. So far, Annemien has produced 32,071 kg milk with 5.27% fat and 3.86% protein and is registered with 89 points.

Wageningen Livestock Research is investigating whether the composition of milk can provide insight into the health of cows. With this they hope to provide farmers with new tools to extend the lifespan of cows. The results from this study are expected by the end of 2019.

The researchers will link information about blood values, milk composition and information about milk production, disease and fertility. For this purpose, last year milk and blood samples were taken from 400 dairy cows, in the third and fourth week after calving. In the first weeks after calving, cows often break down body fat as a result of a negative energy balance. The breakdown of fat can be seen in the blood values. The researchers now want to check whether this can also be seen in the milk composition. In this way they want to discover whether the milk composition at the start of the lactation is a good reflection of the health of the cow. In addition, they will continue to monitor the cows health during the course of the lactation. On the basis of the results, they will examine whether there is a connection between the milk composition at the beginning of the lactation and the culling of the animal. This way, milk composition could provide a new handle for farmers to extend the lifespan of their cows.
DAIRY MANAGEMENT: Preventing heat stress: also when dry 

In the summer, dairy farmers will do everything to prevent heat stress in their cows. But what about the dry cows?

When it is 20 degrees Celsius with 75% humidity, cows are already suffering from heat stress. With dairy cows, heat stress is immediately visible in a lower milk production, while it also reduces fertility and health. Even with dry cows, it pays to prevent heat stress, because it not only affects the cow, also the calf is affected. Research shows that calves whose dams suffered from heat stress absorb fewer antibodies from colostrum. The percentage of animals that successfully completes the first lactation is lower, and also milk production in the first lactation is lower. The damage caused by heat stress in dry cows therefore is high. A number of sample measures to prevent heat stress are: ensure sufficient fresh and clean drinking water from open containers, prevent overcrowding, install fans, insulate the roof, and adjust the ration by feeding more glucogenic energy.

LATEST: The Netherlands 2x third at European Championship

Photos: Lianna Kolff
The Dutch cows are among the very best in Europe. We already knew that when it comes to production. However, their  exterior is top class as well, which was proven during the European Championship at Libramont on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.

The Netherlands went to Belgium with 19 R&W and B&W cows, and came home with beautiful individual results, two bronze slabs at the country competition, and a European Champion with the Young Breeders. Herewith TEAM NL, and with it the entire Dutch livestock industry, has presented itself in a striking way. Visitors were warmly welcomed at the stand, that had a real Dutch appearance with lots of orange, tulips and cheese.
Third place with R&W and B&W
In the competitions, the Dutch cows were also successful. Among the R&W cows, the young Drouner DH Aiko 1445 (by Pat), from the Albring family from Drouwenermond, achieved a very nice 2nd place with the heifers. With the old R&W cows, M.H. Alana 5 (by Amor), from Merwehoeve Holsteins at Herwijnen, finished 4th in her class. In the championship for the best R&W country group, the Netherlands finished in 3rd place, after Switzerland and France. Switzerland also managed to win the championship for the black and white country groups, while the four Dutch B&W elite cows came in 3rd place, just behind France, but ahead of top countries such as Spain and Italy.

Black and Whites competing
With the Black & Whites there was more to celebrate. For example, Bolleholster Adele (by Pitbull), of the Van der Eijk family from Twisk, became first in the 2-year-old category. Bons-Holsteins Koba 219 (by Lauthority), of the Bons family and West-Coast Holsteins, managed to place in the final quartet of the older cows. With JK DG Esmeralda (by Doorman), of the Kolff family and Diamond Genetics from Woudrichem, and Drakar Bulona (by Hill), of the Steegink family and Hullcrest from Okkenbroek (both cows were 6th in their class), as well as the 4th-placed Bons-Holsteins Ella 192 (by Seaver), the Netherlands was able to present a group of B&W cows that generated lots of enthusiasm among the thousands of visitors!
Chiel Goesten European Champion
The Netherlands also had a European Champion at the end of the weekend: Chiel Goesten from Hedel. The 19-year-old Chiel managed to win both the fitting and the showmanship competition and herewith gloriously became European Champion with the junior Young Breeders.

Chiel Goesten

For more atmospheric impressions, go to Facebook Team NL Libramont 2019

BREEDING: Addison daughter with 191,338 kg milk

Of all cows that are still alive, De Rith Nora 265 currently has the highest lifetime production. The counter of the Addison daughter of Adrion and Lisette van Beek from Breda is at 191,338 kg milk.

The 17.5-year-old cow is still in the herd with 200 cows and is always present for the first round in the milking parlor. "In fact, she really still is the boss," says Adrion van Beek. Nora gave on average 38.6 kg milk per day in 12 lists.

Dutch Dairy Farming Milestone

This spring a celebration is being held at the Dutch animal health institute: The Dutch “Gezondheidsdienst voor Dieren”(GD) exists 100 years !
We, the dairy farming and dairy industry sectors, can be proud of the foresight of the founders of the GD to fight animal diseases in the Netherlands in an organized way.

The GD adventure began at a small club of Frisian farmers in the year 1919, to fight tuberculosis in cattle. This was followed by abortion in cattle, Salmonella Pullorum in poultry, Aujeszky in pigs, Q fever in goats, and many other disorders. The Commodities Act was also introduced that year.

The purpose of this law on the inspection of foodstuffs was "to protect public health and to prevent trade deception". That is how in 1919 the foundation was laid for what the Dutch livestock sector stands for today: to be a reliable supplier of high-quality and safe food.
Dutch dairy farming and its dairy industry are world leaders. Everywhere in the world where dairy farming is possible, Dutch cattle farmers can be found as well as cattle of Dutch origin. The fact that we have worked for a hundred years on improving and monitoring animal health and animal improvement has provided us with the excellent starting position of world exporter in the fields of livestock and of safe and healthy dairy products.
One hundred years of GD is a milestone, but Dutch dairy farming and its dairy industry are not yet ready. Social attention for animal health, animal welfare and food safety is increasing worldwide. Even in regions where the availability of food now primarily is a necessity, over time attention will be focused on social issues such as the environment, climate and animal health / welfare.
The high level of education and craftsmanship of dairy farmers, veterinarians and dairy technologists offers perspective and guarantees to maintain that fantastic starting position.

Drs. Lianne van Dongen
Veterinary Director


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