Nordic breeding values for beef breed sires used for crossbreeding with dairy dams


  • Ruth Bønløkke Davis SEGES
  • W.F. Fikse
  • Emma Carlén
  • Jukka Pös¨o
  • Gert Pedersen Aamand


The use of beef semen in dairy herds has increased considerably during the past years in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. This has created a need for the dairy farmers to be able to, select the beef breed sires best suited for crossbreeding with dairy cattle. Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation has developed joint Nordic breeding values that will aid farmers in their choice of the right beef sires to use on their dairy cows. An important feature of the breeding values is that they are comparable across sire breed and country of origin. Breeding values are currently estimated for seven traits belonging to one of two trait groups: calving and carcass traits. This paper describes the new beef × dairy evaluation that gives the Nordic dairy farmers a better opportunity for a profitable production of beef × dairy crossbred animals.