Takeaways from CINOR 2014: Normande milk is richer in fatty acids & calcium, future genomics to address short hair for hot climates, custom genetics
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).