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We're facing a serious situation with food supply and food security around the world. How can you be prepared for the new demands as a dairy or beef farmer? What tools are available to strengthen your milk and beef production in a new, uncertain world? We've invited a Senior Breeding Manager and a dairy farmer, who's also a member of the EU Parliament, to share their perspectives. They also share their predictions of what challenges might be next.  Guests:Jakob Lykke Voergaard, Senior Breeding Manager for VikingRed at VikingGeneticsAsger Christensen, Member of the EU Parliament and dairy farmerHost:Hielke Wiersma
Inbreeding can give high, hidden costs in your dairy herd — and be quite difficult to spot. How can you manage inbreeding well? How can you ensure a healthy herd with sufficient genetic variety? In this episode, you get to hear from a Breeding Specialist who's doing a PhD on inbreeding. We're also joined by a Breeding Manager with decades of experience in breeding for health and performance. Both of them share their best tips on how to manage inbreeding in your herd — and reveal why some inbreeding can actually be good.  Guests:Saija Tenhunen, Ph.D. student and Breeding Specialist at VikingGeneticsPeter Larson, Product Manager for VikingJersey, at VikingGeneticsHost:Hielke Wiersma
When one of your cows is struggling with poor hoof health, it impacts not only the cow's well-being, fertility and milk production. It also has great consequences for the bottom line of your business. So how can you maintain good hoof health and spot the signs early?In this episode, you get to hear from a vet and a breeding advisor on how you can improve the hoof health in your herd.  Guests:Kaj Abrahamsen, Chief Veterinarian, VikingGenetics. Also a member of RepVet, an advisor to the European Union. Jim Bruce, Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, VikingGeneticsHost:Louise Rønn Svane
As many other dairy farmers, you may have experienced mixed results with artificial insemination of your cows. A successful pregnancy depends on a number of variables, so what can you do to get the best possible results?We've invited an insemination expert and a vet to share their best tips — before, during and after an insemination. Learn about the cow, the heat, the environment, the semen, the equipment and the timing. Guests:Niels Haulrik Kristiansen, Head of Training Division for Artificial Insemination Technicians, VikingDanmarkKaj Abrahamsen, Chief Veterinarian, VikingGenetics. Also a member of RepVet, an advisor to the European Union. Host:Louise Rønn Svane
VikingRed is one of the fastest growing breeds for crossbreeding around the world. But why has it become the secret ingredient in successful crossbreeding today?In this episode, you get to hear from dairy farmer Hayden Ferriman who recently added VikingRed to his herd in New Zealand. We're also joined by two breeding experts who will tell you more about VikingRed and how this breed can help you breed healthy, fertility and long-living cows. Guests:Hayden Ferriman, dairy farmer, Three Leaf Farm, New ZealandJakob Lykke Voergaard, Senior Product Manager for VikingRed, VikingGeneticsJim Bruce, Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, VikingGeneticsHost:Louise Rønn Svane
Feed-efficiency is one of the hottest topics is cattle breeding right now. But how do you actually become more feed-efficient as a farmer? How do you save feed costs, reduce climate impact and improve the welfare of your animals? A high-tech farmer and a feed-efficiency expert will give you latest news on feed efficiency. They will tell you all about the new CFIT Technology and Saved Feed Index — and how these tools can help you breed for a more sustainable future. Guests:Jan Lassen, PhD and Senior Project Manager, VikingGeneticsAnders Levring, Chairman of the Board, VikingDanmark and owner of two dairy farms Host:Louise Rønn Svane
Crossing different dairy breeds can give you an up to 9% higher daily profit. You get healthier, more fertile cows and a higher lifetime production. But what do you need to watch out for before and after you start crossbreeding?In this episode, you get to hear from two breeding experts as they share their experiences and tips from helping farmers crossbreed around the world.  Guests:Jakob Lykke Voergaard, Senior Product Manager VikingRed, VikingGeneticsHielke Wiersma, Product Manager Cross, VikingGenetics Host:Louise Rønn Svane
Are you struggling with Holstein cows that are too big, too hard to get pregnant or too inefficient? Or you might be facing new demands and requirements that can be difficult to navigate?To help guide you to a future-proof Holstein herd, two experts will share their perspective. They will guide you through how you can meet what the consumers, retailers and governments are asking for — and run a profitable dairy business all at the same time.Guests:Claus Langdahl, Senior Breeding Manager for Holstein, VikingGeneticsMatthew Stott, Country Manager UK and Ireland, VikingGeneticsHost:Louise Rønn Svane
Estimates show that up to 60% of all dairy cows will be inseminated with beef semen by 2030. But how do you make the most of Beef on Dairy in your herd? How do you generate the highest profit and run the most sustainable business?Two experts on the subject will help you navigate the new Beef on Dairy world. They’ll guide you through how to get started and what beef breeds to consider. Guests:Reni Hvam Nielsen, Product Manager for VikingBeef, VikingGeneticsSébastien Clairand, Beef Manager, Evolution-XYHost:Louise Rønn Svane
Organic farming can be a lucrative business due to higher milk prices. But because sick organic cows are often more time consuming and costly to treat, you want your organic herd to be as healthy as possible. In this episode, two breeding experts share their best tips on how you can breed healthy and profitable organic cows. They share insights from advising organic farmers around the world—and also present the latest trends and solutions in organic farming. Guests:Jakob Lykke Voergaard, Senior Breeding Manager for VikingRed, VikingGeneticsPeter Larson, Senior Breeding Manager VikingJersey, VikingGenetics Host:Louise Rønn Svane
The number of Jersey cows are growing around the world. But why are modern dairy farmers switching to Jersey? And why should you consider this smaller breed for your farm?We've invited a leading Jersey expert to share from his 30+ years of experience of working with Jersey famers around the world. Peter Larson gives you his best tips on how to breed healthy and profitable Jersey cows. A setup that can be a solution to new climate regulations and sustainability goals. Guests:Peter Larson, Senior Breeding Manager VikingJersey, VikingGenetics, and Executive Secretary of the European Jersey Association. Host:Louise Rønn Svane
The use of sexed semen in dairy farming is growing exponentially around the world. You may be already using sexed semen in your herd. But are you making the most of it? We've invited two breeding experts to share their best tips on how you can optimise your dairy business with sexed semen. They present the latest tools for a better breeding strategy—and predict an interesting future for the sexed semen technology. Guests:Claus Langdahl, Senior Breeding Manager VikingHolstein, VikingGeneticsPeter Larson, Senior Breeding Manager VikingJersey, VikingGenetics Host:Louise Rønn Svane
More than 20% of all cow cullings are due to poor fertility and reproductional issues. How can you overcome this in your dairy herd? Two breeding experts share their experiences from helping farmers with fertility issues around the world. They update you on the latest solutions for better fertility and reproduction—and give you a sneak peek into future genetic technologies in innovative cattle breeding. Guests:Peter Larson, Senior Breeding Manager VikingJersey, VikingGeneticsClaus Langdahl, Senior Breeding Manager VikingHolstein, VikingGenetics Host:Louise Rønn Svane
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