Grazing Breeds:  Friesian, MRY & Groningen Blaakop

Grazing and low cost systems – in particular block calving herds and organic units specialising in producing milk for cheese making require breeding targets focused on fertility, milk solids, ability to graze grass as primary input.

Ki-Samen have a range of bulls that will do just that, whether your herd is pedigree British Friesian or MRY, or if you are X breeding, the bulls we use will provide you with proven practical-breeding genetics.

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Friesian Cow
MRY Cow
Friesian ( BF 1082) Eppie 2

FRIESIAN

The popularity for the Friesian is riding high once more. Ki-Samen bring you new fresh impulse to the B-F herd book and are also highly suited to a X breeding programme;

  • Highly fertile
  • Nice volume – milk solids ratio
  • Strength – coupled with will to live
  • Healthy hoofs – capable of walking long distances

MRY ( MEUSE RHINE YSSELL) /ROTBUND

MRY is a dual purpose breed which is known for high protein milk content, high daughter fertility coupled with great longevity and excellent body condition, Ki-Samen can provide you with a good choice of MRY bulls whether you are pedigree or X breeding and looking for that third X.

  • Great fertility
  • High protein ideal cheese making
  • Capacity and dairy strength
  • Better maintained body condition after calving
  • Value in male calves £££££
  • Sexed semen available
  • Sloping rump angle for ease of calving and low cases of euterus infection = high fertility
  • Free of holstein genes
  • 2013 figures Netherlands, average production 305 days
  • 6,441kg milk / 4.44% fat / protein 3.66%

GRONINGEN/ BLAARKOP

“Blister Heads” as they are fondly known in Holland provides you the X breeder with a valuable addition to your herd. In these times making a profit from dairy is difficult, however Ki-Samen can provide the necessary solutions without incurring additional financial outlay.

The breed has been recorded for over seven hundred years, in all that time it has not inherited any specific genetic defects.

The Blaarkop is a medium sized breed and adult cows reach an average height of 135cm.

  • Well known for easy calving
  • High fertility
  • Short gestation ( 276 days av-)
  • Betacaseine a2/a2 – omega 3 fat minerals – high milk protein content
  • Twin calves uncommon
  • Calm temperament
  • Claws often black pigmented and hard
  • Highly suited to being utilised at the end of the block before beef stock bulls
  • Introduced – white head permits the use of a/angus
  • Male calf value ££££
  • Option to market as valued cull cow – or in calf to beef and for suckler
  • Market ££££
  • Easily make calving at 24 months