The “profitable cow” is a cow that has a high production, good fertility, high disease resistance and is easy to milk and handle. Thus, a cow that continues to produce and create income year after year without causing you any troubles.
With NTM you get unique information about the traits that give you less trouble and less work – the more profitable cow. And we can prove that it works in practice!
Cows with higher NTM perform better than cows with a lower NTM. This is shown by dividing cows within herd into two halves based on NTM at birth (high and low NTM group) and comparing production results.
Some examples of the improved performance of high NTM cows:
- Higher production – around 15 and 25 kg more fat+protein in first and second parity, respectively
- More fertile – around 2 days less from birth to first insemination in heifers and around 2 days less from first to last insemination in first and second lactation, respectively
- Healthier – around 1-2%-unit fewer cows with mastitis across parities
- Higher lifetime production – 200-300 kg more fat+protein in their lifetime
The results show that NTM works in practice and provides the Nordic farmers with an increased profit per cow through improved production, fertility and health. Consequently, NTM also improves lifetime production.
Read more how well NTM works:
Higher NTM leads to higher lifetime production for Holstein cows