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Herd Profile

Solohead Herd Profile

Average annual milk production over the last 10 years has been 6,400 kg/cow. The fat and protein percentage in milk between 1997 and 2007 is shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Trend in average annual milk fat and protein

 percentage at Solohead between 1997 and 2007.

Year Fat % Protein %
1997 3.82 3.37
1998 3.85 3.34
1999 3.83 3.42
2000 3.94 3.48
2000 3.94 3.48
2001 4.02 3.55
2002 3.98 3.45
2003 4.07 3.57
2004 4.15 3.56
2005 4.28 3.57
2006 4.17 3.57
2007 4.154 3.60

This steady increase in fat and protein in milk can mainly be attributed to selection of bulls with high milk solids composition. The objective has been to produce an average of over 500 kg of milk fat and protein per cow.

Mean Calving Date: 20th Feb. 2008

Herd:The herd is mainly Holstein-Friesian with 15% cross-bred Holstein-Friesian x Montbelliarde cows. Crossbred cows are back crossed to Holstein-Friesian bulls. Montbelliarde bulls are crossed onto pure-bred Holstein-Friesian cows.

Sires of Cows: Bulls used in recent years include ILZ, KNW, HFL, RDU, RMW, OJI, GIO.

Concentrate Input: Average concentrate input has been 490 kg/cow.