Dutch dairy cows.

Discussion in 'Dairy Farming' started by Holsteinfriesian90, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Holsteinfriesian90

    Location:
    Cornwall
    Just wondering what are people's experiences are with imported Dutch cows would they be any good? What is there health status over there? Also is there any cull value with them? Sorry for so many questions but we have never had anything to do with them.

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. More to life

    More to life Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    (n)
     
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  3. Princess Pooper

    Location:
    East Mids
    We imported 8 Holsteins in summer 2009 as late in-calf heifers, they were very well grown heifers calved at 2 yrs.. We lost one soon after calving to toxic mastitis (at a time when the cows were playing second fiddle to visiting a seriously ill fr in law) but the last one left the farm in summer 2016 and we had 4 others still in 2015, their overall performance was about the same as the rest of our herd. Health wise you will not be buying TB and they are also certified free of some other diseases - lepto I think, your importer will advise. Make sure you test for neospora if they are at a suitable stage of pregnancy. Being otherwise closed, and of reasonably high health status, we tested for Johnes, neospora (2 were rejected), BVD antigen and IBR. One did have Johnes after 3 yrs, but the others never showed any signs and we do test regularly. Talk to your vet - we were warned to watch for worms as they were probably fully housed before they arrived here so no immunity.

    We sell our culls deadweight and have not noticed any difference in price despite the fact that as imports they cannot be farm assured. They were nice quiet cows that served us well.
     
  4. Holsteinfriesian90

    Location:
    Cornwall
    They are in a herd dispersal so I don't know if the farmer who imported them ran any tests before he had them. Read in the st merryn newsletter that they are not keen but I guess though a market they might make something as culls. How do you get on with st merryn @Beef farmer
     
  5. Foreign nationals go north.
     
  6. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
    KG PPKG AMOUNT
    H F BARREN COW ...... NL8886 73572 ............... 664.0 .... 59.50 .. 395.08
    H F BARREN COW ...... NL7198 89257 ............. 673.0 ... 65.50 .. 440.82
    H F BARREN COW ............. UK330046700138 ............ 656.0 ... 89.00.. 583.84
    H F BARREN COW............ UK323541102669 ............. 676.0 .. 103.00.. 696.28
    H F BARREN COW ............... UK263057101849 ............ 620.0 .. 98.50 . 610.70
    H F BARREN COW ............. DE15017 11592 ............. 760.0 .. 79.50.. 604.20
     
  7. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
  8. Stick em on a truck jimmer.
     
  9. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
    wooley bros in sheffield apparently
     
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  10. Shhhhh
     
  11. Holsteinfriesian90

    Location:
    Cornwall
    Oh(n) not good cull value then.
     
  12. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
    i work on 200 quid on a similar cow
    same difference on deadweight here in the southwest
     
  13. Holsteinfriesian90

    Location:
    Cornwall
    How do you find them health wise?
     
  14. More to life

    More to life Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    Best not buy any then jimmer :whistle:
     
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  16. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
    no real difference
    they use many similar bulls to us
    seem to get johnes as second and third calvers rather heifers
     
  17. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
    750 for a june calving holstein in calf to holstein
    absolute bargain
     
  18. Holsteinfriesian90

    Location:
    Cornwall
    Do they not monitor for johnes out there.
     
  19. More to life

    More to life Member

    Location:
    Somerset
    Yep then stick them on a boat
     

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