Easier Calvings, Healthier Calves!

Easy calvings will increase the health in your calf pen and will give a kick-start to your newly fresh shows. Heavy calvings are highly correlated to higher calf mortality rates, the replacement of stillborn calves are a substantial cost on the dairy farm. Selecting for bulls with a below average Sire Calving Ease (SCE) will result in Easier Calvings, which will result in Healthier Calves:

  1. Stillbirth rate will be decreased
  2. Decrease of risks of respiratory disease
  3. Better start for your calf, resulting in faster growth rate
  4. Earlier fertility maturity of your young stock, decrease age of 1st calving
  5. Calves born without assistance will result in higher milk yielding animals

The increase of healthiness in your calf pen are obvious, easier calvings also results in multiple advantages for your newly fresh cows and for your dairy operation, additional advantages:

  Saved labour with unassisted calvings
  Decrease of your Vet- / Medication bill
  √ Better start of your newly fresh cow resulting in a higher milkproduction & lower open days rate

The Sire Calving Ease index is expressed in a percentage which indicates the percentage of birth difficulties on 1st calving heifers. Selecting on SCE has caused a significant improvement of calving difficulties over the past decades. The breed average percentage has been set at 8% again after the April ’20 indexrun, while the actual percentage of difficult calvings is a few percent under that. A lower percentage than the breed average of 8% means a lower percentage of calving difficulties than the breed average.

 

AI Total bulls which will lower the percentage of difficult births at your farm
Below a selection of AI Total bulls at 7% or lower SCE

Naab code

Sire

SCE

Details

515HO00362

Moon

6,5

One of the highest available bulls in the breed: GTPI +2912

515HO00318

Mitchell

6,8

The favourite of many breeders!

515HO00356

Paul

6,3

#1 A2A2 GTPI bull >1300M, >1.8 DPR, >1.3 UDC & <2.75 SCS

515HO00341

Breezer

6,7

Huge Net Merit bull with positive teat length

515HO00357

Jazz

6,5

+2887 GTPI, A2A2 & BB

515HO00336

Blues-Red

6,7

World Class R&W, +1658 Milk with +1.3 DPR

515HO00317

Charm

6,4

A2A2, BB, >1200 Milk and positive components

515HO00343

Dalvator RC

6,9

+1398 Milk, +1.66 UDC, 1.72 FLC and >1 DPR

551HO03701

Aristocrat

7,0

GTPI +2832 with +2.20 UDC and super fitness traits

515HO00364

Cash

6,1

Huge DPR bull, DPR +2.6 with >1300 Milk!

515HO00361

Profit

6,5

Mr. Complete with +7.7 PL!

307HO00014

Rafter

4,9

4.9 SIRE CALVING EASE!! A2A2 & >2 DPR

515HO00342

Doble RC

6,4

THE Top Red Carrier bull in the breed with outstanding type!

515HO00322

Neal

6,0

Components, Fitness & super udders!

515HO00348

Classic

6,7

Production bull with >1 point udders

515HO00319

Mitch

6,4

Robot+ sire with top ranking in multiple systems

515HO00367

Rave

5,1

RZG 161, #1 NTM bull, #6 gNVI bull, #4 ISU bull, #5 GICO bull

515HO00339

Marcus

6,9

Outcross: Benz x Ferdinand with high solids & +1.38 UDC

515HO00306

It’s Me

6,3

aAa 165, high production and low cellcount

 

Aurora MITCHELL 
   * The Only available bull in the breed combining:
       >2800 GTPI
       >2.25 PTAT
       >1.70 UDC
       >1.25 FLC
       >1 DPR
       <7 SCE
    * A favourite of many breeders
    * Huge type combined with fitness & production
    * First Mitchell heifers are looking FANTASTIC!



DG PAUL
    * The #1 GTPI BULL (04/20) who combines: A2A2, over 1300 Milk, over 1.8 DPR, over 1.3 UDC & less then 2.75 SCS!!!
    * GTPI +2818



DG OH DALVATOR *RC   * One of the unique bulls in the breed combining:
        +1398 Milk, SCS 2.75, DPR +1.00, UDC +1.66 & +1.72 FEET & LEGS!!
   * +11 Conformation in Canada with +10 Feet & Legs!!


GEN RAVE
 * RZG 161, #1 NTM bull, #6 gNVI bull, #4 ISU bull, #5 GICO bull
 * Outcross:  RIO x FINDER
 * Very easy calvings, SCE 5.1!