Simmental milk yield and udder quality is one of the most important functional traits. Udder and teat soundness is a concern for a number of reasons such as calf performance.
Calf performance can be affected by a reduction in milk flow or lower colostrum intake by newborn calves that have difficulty nursing oversized teats.
A good and healthy udder must be easy for the calf to reach. The udder must have a good, suitable size and the teats should preferably point slightly forwards.
Sound udder traits means extended cow longevity, increased milk production, which leads to higher wean weights.
At Fedal Simmental we are focusing on simmental cows with high milk yield. Our calves are born and stay with the cow until they are approximately 6-8 months old.
We want our calves to have a good start in life and a high weight when they are weaned. Therefore, the milk yield of our cows must be as high as possible.