New Norstein Crossbreed
Presents Solution to UK Dairy Farmers 28/01/05
UK producers were this week presented with a solution to one of
the biggest challenges facing UK dairy farmers today - how to achieve
optimum health and fertility traits and optimum yield on a sustainable
and long-term basis.
In a series of workshops carried out across the country leading
AI company, Green Acres, introduced the Norstein - a completely
new hybrid which trials in the United States have shown delivers
major cost savings through significantly lower stillbirth rates,
easier calving, and lower disease incidence. Additionally, the
Norstein is coming out on top for milk production and fat and protein
(kg and percentage).
The Norstein is bred by crossing the Holstein with the Norwegian
Red - a premium breed now available to UK producers for the first
time thanks to an exclusive distribution arrangement between Green
Acres and Norwegian company, Geno Global. Through this agreement,
Green Acres has secured sole rights to market Norwegian Red semen
in GB and Ireland.
Led by Jason Kean, Customer Service Manager with Green Acres,
the workshops featured breeding experts, Dr. Ted Burnside and Egil
Hersleth from Geno Global, who discussed the benefits of the new
"The majority of farmers attending weren't new to crossbreeding," Jason
explained, "but had come to the workshops to find a truly
long-term breeding solution. Producers are finding that generational
crossbreeding of the Holstein with traditional out-crosses is causing
a dilution of the Holstein's high yielding strain. In other words,
they are finding it difficult to maximise health and fertility
traits and yield on a sustainable and long-term basis.
"Through the Norstein and the continuous crossbreeding programme
we have developed to support it, Green Acres is now able to offer
UK farmers a new and improved breeding solution."
Dr. Ted Burnside, Technical Advisor for Geno Global, explained, "By
rotating breeding of the Norstein between the Norwegian Red and
the Holstein sires over alternate generations, the continuous cross-breeding
scheme will ensure that each succeeding generation of cross-bred
females is as productive as the last. This way the Norstein will
continue to excel in high fertility, vitality and disease resistance,
producing trouble free cattle over many generations."
Jason Kean concluded, "We have received tremendous feedback
from the local farmers who identified the Norstein as an opportunity
to get cross-breeding back on track with the right genetic package.
Many were eager to commence using the Norwegian Red elite sires
in their cross-breeding plans and are already placing orders with
us at Green Acres."