For the first time ever, ten Normande x Holstein cows (F1, F2 and F3) were exhibited and paraded at the Space Ag Show which was held in Rennes, Brittany, France from September 15 to 18. Kudos to the French Normande Association for taking this bold initiative. As expected, this addition has been received with mixed reactions. But the overal takeaway message is unequivocal: dairy crossbreeding is becoming a reality of today's dairy industry all over the world. Because of all its benefits, i.e. increased fertility, longevity and components, it is here to stay.
For more information on the show winners, and to view a short video, please follow this link thanks to web agri:
A2A2 testing is now conducted in routine in the Normande breed and preliminary test indicate a very high prevalence of the gene in the Normande population. All the news bulls from the fall 2015 line up are A2A2.
For more information A2A2 milk, please consult these two articles:
In mid-September 2014, Normande breeders from South and North America to the Czech Republic, Ireland and Algeria convened to Normandy to attend the International Normande Conference (CINOR).
The conference included many impressive contributions, especially presentations that detailed the qualities of Normande milk vs milk from the main French dairy breeds (Montbeliarde, Holstein). While Normande's high protein and fat % are known to be superior and close to milk produced by Jerseys, recent studies also show that Normande milk contains higher quantities of some important fatty acids, as well as higher calcium. Calcium improves the curdling process, so producers of cheese or yogurt may enjoy added benefits by utilizing Normande milk.
For a look at the presentation on Normande milk qualities, please download the document (Powerpoint presentation by Marine Gele) or contact us directly for questions.
Genomics research continues to expand, and the current phase involves a massive genotyping of females, bringing accuracy for the Normande breed inches closer to the Holstein's. As genomic information becomes more nuanced, you can expect more customized breeding, such as the search for traits adapted to specific situations. One example is breeding for short hair and clear rings around the eyes in tropical areas.
Finally, attendees were reminded of the excellence of the Normande in low input environments, thanks to the remarkable study conducted by Luc Delaby (INRA Station du Pin)..
Normande Genetics and Accelerated Genetics are partnering to distribute some of our stellar bulls: SaintYorre, Redondo and Royal Holl. SaintYorre combines very high milk with average components and excellent udder and type. Like Redondo and Royal, he's calving ease. He is also a good mating choice for the daughters of Redondo or Royal Holl that you may have. We strongly believe in these three bulls, and our partnership will allow more U.S. dairy operations to try out their unique genetics. Normande Genetics and Accelerated Genetics are both looking forward to a great cooperative effort, as we promote the Normande breed in the United States. Please click on the logo for more information on Accelerated Genetics.
We are also happy to partner up with Taurus Service, from Pennsylvania, for the distribution of Tricorne and Hollydays. Tricorne is A2A2 and brings very good milk, while Hollydays is an old classic with exceptional type and protein.
Both brochures can be downloaded here:
March 2014: Holstein International ran a special on Red Breeds and one page was devoted to the Normande. Holstein International is a well known monthly magazine out of the Netherlands. It features extensive coverage of all topics pertaining to Holstein genetics worldwide and is considered a reference in this field. Episodically, it runs a special on breeds other than Holstein. Holstein International focused on the Normande unique combination of cheese qualities and strength. You can download a pdf version of the one page article on the Normande here. (PDF)
The Normande is featured on the cover of the June 2011 issue of American Dairymen with a more lengthy article inside.
The Normande was also featured in the Feb. 2010 issue of Hoard's Dairyman magazine. Prof. Bennet Cassell from Virginia Tech shares his views after his visit to Normandy in the fall of 2010.
There's an interesting, well-informed blog about crossbreeding that's developing, and its author, John Lundgren of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, has written some insightful comments about Redondo. We think you'll enjoy checking it out. His story illustrates that a Normande bull like Redondo can also be well adapted to intensive dairy systems.
More recently (June 2014), Mark Birkett, from Northern England, has recently published a post on his Normande crossed heifers.
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Please check our catalog page for the new December 2015 proofs.
Crossbreeding is more than ever the topic of the day, and we felt it could be useful to sum up the reasons for engaging in such a practice. Here is an article that was published in Graze magazine (March 2014), and that explains why a 3 way rotational crossbreeding program may be the best tool for most dairies.For the full article, please download here. (PDF)
Aubray, Caramba, Casto, Creole, Dairy Expo, Girophare, Redondo, Royal Holl, Camembert, Atenay, and all our new genomics bulls are A2A2. Overall A2 gene prevalence seem to hover around 80%. And the Normande may well be the second highest breed for A2A2 after the Guernsey. More testing is needed before final confirmation. Check our catalog page for full listing.
Normande Genetics carries one of the best tanks in the industry: the GT21 by Air Liquide. It's cleverly designed with 6 canisters and a holding time that varries between 4 and more than 7 months, depending on conditions of use. This is the prefect fit for any dairy, small or large. For more information, you can download this brochure. (PDF)
Besides semen, we also sell Normande and Montbeliarde embryos from France and the United States, as well as all types of livestock, semen of Montbeliarde sires and other French breeds, both dairy and beef. Please contact us for more information. You can also check our other website www.frenchgenetics.com