The husbandry at Top Farms group focuses on milk production. We are additionally involved with the sale of heifer calves and stot calves and cattle for slaughter in the form of selected animals. The activity is conducted at four companies owned by the group. Nearly 3000 cows and nearly the same amount of calves are kept across Top Farms farms.
The annual milk production and sale exceeds 27 million litres and has been steadily growing in line with increasing livestock efficiency. As a result the average annual output, as well as the sale of cow’s milk stands at more than 9000 litres.
Our farming is based on Holstein Friesian cattle. We managed this by cross breeding native cattle with the world leading HF cattle from breeding companies such as Cogent, CRI or Sersia.
Care for the well being of animals is extremely important for improvements to output. Over the last ten years we have made a number of investments in farm buildings which have made a significant difference to the conditions cattle are kept in: space, ventilation, access to fodder and water. An equally important aspect in the investment process is improving the safety of farm surroundings including the natural environment.
Why should breeders use genome bulls?
The answer is the same as that to why use artificial insemination. Simply, genome bulls have the best genes on the market. This provides us with a faster genetic process.
We have an opportunity to make fast genetic progress with the most significant fact being that unquestionably young animals will benefit most from genome advancement.
Genomics allows farmers not only to select the right bulls but also cows. Through it the selection of parents is more accurate and possible at an early age.
Genomics is a method for improving breeds, allows us to accurately assess functional characteristics and habits, such important for improving livestock. Furthermore, it is currently used to confirm paternity, achieve a higher genetic gain, improve valuation and reduce the intergeneration gap.