“Dairy goats with a high production capacity, which have excellent udders and legs, are healthy and achieve a high lifetime production in a sustainable and efficient way ” is the breeding goal of Goat Improvement Company.
Speed up genetic progress in dairy goat breeding is the main goal of our breeding program. To achieve this we will apply innovative techniques in the breeding program and formulate strong breeding strategies. One of these breeding strategies is the introduction of sexed semen on the market. The use of sexed semen makes it possible to select strongly in our breeding animals and breed more with the best dairy goats. The advantage is also that there is no need to find a market for low-grade bucks. Our goal is therefore to be able to offer sexed semen in the world wide market as quickly as possible.
Increasing returns with an innovative breeding program together with a group of progressive dairy goat farmers is the goal of the Goat Improvement Company. In this breeding program, in addition to milk production and conformation, we also want to register and select health traits, fertility and longevity. It provides dairy goat farmers with advantages and extra profit to also breed for these functional characteristics. In dairy farming, the leading breeding organizations started this trend already more than 25 years ago. Milk production, for example, nowadays weighs in by about 30% in the breeding goal of CRV and Vikinggenetics. A sustainable dairy goat forms the basis for a good operating result. In addition, a farm with sustainable dairy goats requires less animal replacement and therefore produces less methane per kg of milk.
A balanced breeding breeding program is what we strive for. Goat Improvement Company wants to maximize the economic result of the dairy goat farmer by finding the right balance between milk production, health, fertility and conformation. We believe that we have to shift the focus from the maximum annual production per goat to increasing the lifetime production and lowering the required workload of a farmer per dairy goat. The latter has the advantage that dairy goat farmers can easily manage large groups of dairy goats with less labor.
The breeding program Goat Improvement Company delivers genetics that are ready for the future!