Based on years of experience, the SelectCROSS approach focuses on a structured three-breed rotation with elite genetics from major breeds to maximize heterosis. Holstein, Jersey and Montbeliarde are three of the largest breeds in the world for genetic development.
- Use elite sires with pure descent from each parent breed for more predictable outcomes and consistency. This is currently a challenge for some active Jerseys and many Viking Red sires.
- Protect for the weaknesses and build on the strengths of each breed in the rotation.
- Start the rotation with purebred (no generation count) Jersey sires with greater than +20 Jersey Udder Index™ (JUI™) to build the proper udder for a high-producing Holstein x Jersey cross cow.
- Breed this cross to Montbeliarde sires with a Calving Ease score greater than 89 and an udder score greater than +110.
Your Select Sires representative is available to help you develop a crossbreeding program that meets the goals as outlined above. Greater profits through crossbreeding are just a phone call away.
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