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CDCR opens doors for registration of cross-bred cattle

BUTLER, Mo. -- The Composite Dairy Cattle Registry has made strides since July 2013, offering registration opportunities to the Fleckvieh, Montbeliarde, Norwegian Red, Red Dane, Swedish Red and White, and any other dairy cross that breeders and producers wish to register to preserve and document the ancestry of their animals.

Dr. Les Hansen, dairy geneticist at the University of Minnesota, applauds and supports the efforts, commenting: “My observation is you are making remarkable progress in a short period of time in getting people to think more open-mindedly about allowing the accurate identification on cattle from the non-traditional dairy breeds in the U.S. as well as their crossbred offspring.”

Producers are excited about these dairy crosses. They find these cows are equaling or out producing their Holsteins in the herd. Other key facts that dairymen are seeing with these crosses is increased fertility, higher components, lower somatic cell counts, healthier animals and longer productive life.

One producer commented that looking back to a year when an equal number of female Holsteins to Crossbreds was born, that today, only 1 of those Holsteins compared to 9 Crossbreds are still producing in the herd.

Bull listings are also kept, including some very outstanding Fleckvieh bulls available from Big Bear Genetics in Canada and Global Genetic Resources.

The Composite Dairy Cattle Registry, with some help, has been able to secure the breed code of FL to identify the Fleckvieh breed. Along with this new breed code assignment, Registry personnel have been able to persuade the distributors to enroll the Fleckvieh bulls for cross referencing with the NAAB. Cross referencing lists are also on their website.

The Composite Dairy Cattle Registry is open to all dairy breeders and producers that have a need for registering their animals to identify, track, document and maintain the ancestry of past generations and future offspring, regardless of the breed or combination of breeds. For more information go to www.dairycattleregistry.com or call 816-738-4179.