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Added value dairying buffers low milk price - British Dairying
Normande breeders

Worcestershire producer Peter Hawkins started using Normande genetics in his 120-cow dairy herd 12 years ago when milk prices were rock bottom. Taken with the breed's milk quality, robustness and the added value that sales of calves and culls have brought to his business, he has now replaced his black and white genetics to almost pure Normande lines.

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Peter Hawkins with one of his Normande heifers

Purebred Normande bull calves average £250 a head at four-weeks-old

Normande cattle originate from the grass growing areas in North West France - they are particularly efficient grazers 

PDF - 0.91 Mo - 01/04/2016
Normandes for Gourmands - Country Folks New England farm weekly
Normande breeders

On the varied landscape of New England are dual-purpose herds of cattle with white coats dotted with what resembles Brown jigsaw pièces, called Normande,used for both beef and dairy. Set against New England's lush hills and valleys, it could be Normandy in Northwest France where the breed originates. Used primarily for producing butter and cheese, such as world famous Camembert ...

PDF - 13.54 Mo - 25/05/2015
BEEF MONTH, Normande are as docile as cattle get - Farm News
Normande breeders
Wayne Dewey, who owns Circle D farm, Iowa Falls, with his wife Lisa, said he's been raising Normande cattle since 1998 after a friend complimented the breed for its docility.
PDF - 0.33 Mo - 02/05/2014
Why crossbreeding - Graze magazine
Genetics and animal breeding

Heterosis is basically the health effect you can expect when breeding two genetically distinct individuals. The first big benefit of crossbreeding is that it eliminates the unhealthy effects of inbreeding.

To benefit continuously from crossbreeding, it is important to maintain at least 75% of full heterosis for each generation. Two-breed "crisscrossing" causes heterosis to dip as low as 50% in the second generation and surpass 69% only once throughout subsequent crosses. This probably explains the common perception that while the first cross is "good", the second is "not as good". Conversely, going from two breeds to three dramatically increases the heterosis percentage for all generations. Going to four breeds brings another boost, although the gain is not as significant.

PDF - 0.32 Mo - 01/03/2014
The case for using “strength breeds” in your crossbreeding program - Graze magazine
Food processing

Beef value is steadily rising in the United States, world-wide demand is not abating and grassfed is the hottest trend in beef. These indicators add up to a great opportunity for grazing dairy farmers, provided you have the right genetics.

In some cases, as with the Normande breed in France, a high-quality, breed-based label guarantees breeders a premium price provided they meet specific production criteria that include a minimum of six months of grazing per year, non-GMO feed, minimal grain finishing, cows harvested at less than eight years of age, and 14 days minimum dry aging.

PDF - 0.01 Mo - 01/03/2014
Some dairy farmers prefer French breed over our American Holsteins - The Splendid Table
Normande breeders
PDF - 0.38 Mo - 01/11/2013
Taking the calf from milk-drinker to ruminant - the French way - Dairy Topics
Livestock feeding
When rearing calves, the manner in which milk and feed is presented is a critical success factor. A feeding system called "Follow the teat" in which calves are fed milk from the same teat from the start of their lives until weaning, has become popular and successful on French farms. It has been tested and approved with Normande breed calves.
PDF - 0.79 Mo - 01/05/2013
As weather changes, so must we - Graze magazine
Normande breeders

Riskier weather requires spreading risk.

Scientists are showing some pretty strong evidence that the climate is changing here in Wisconsin.

We've also continued to reduce the amount of corn we're feeding. Liquid molasses, forage sorghum, brassicas and the move toward breeding with Normande genetics have all contributed to this.

The changing climate will be less predictable and more stressful. However, it may offer us more opportunities to grow our own feed if we're smart about it and are willing to work for it.

Dan Vosberg milks cows near South Wayne, Wisconsin.

PDF - 0.09 Mo - 01/02/2013
Dual purpose Normande breed shines - Wisconsin State Farmer
Normande breeders
The annual Normande North American Association's championship show was held in Mineral Point. New Hope Normande has a growing of 25 Normande cow milking. A group of 100 Normande embryos were sold to Japan.
PDF - 0.36 Mo - 20/09/2012
Keep a Family Cow and Enjoy Delicious Milk, Cream, Cheese and More - Mother Earth News
Normande breeders
PDF - 0.35 Mo - 01/06/2010
France is a good place to be a dairy cow - Hoard's Dairyman
International
Bennet Cassel made his first visit to France to see French dairy breeds on November 2009. He toured dairy farms in Normandy. Normande cows have high protein percentages and a useful mix of fat to protein for cheese production. He learned that the French are committed to genetic  improvement.
PDF - 0.23 Mo - 01/02/2010
Genetics can improve fertility - HOARD'S DAIRYMAN
Genetics and animal breeding
Crossbreeding may be a fit for some, while staying with purebreds and focusing on DPR will be the answer for others. Crossbreeding in dairy cattle is generating renewed interest. Crossbreeding allows producers to reduce inbreeding, take advantage of hétérosis improved performance of offspring over the average performance of parents, and exploit Superior fertility and health traits found in some dairy breeds.
PDF - 3.05 Mo - 01/01/2009
It’s tough to beat $4.65 per hundredweight - Graze magazine
Livestock feeding

Tim Pauli's model offers small-farm hope for an uncertain future.

Tim has taken a mid-20th Century management system, updated it with a relatively few technologies introduced since that time, and developed a farming operation that produced milk at an average cost of $4.65 per cwt. over the 14-year period ending in 2006. This figure includes interest payments and depreciation, but not unpaid labor/management, opportunity costs, and other non-cash expenses.

Tim Pauli's typical crop rotation   

Year one: Moldboard plow in spring. Plant corn at 27,000 bushels/ acre, cultivate twice. Harvest on cob and store in crib.

Year two: Spring-seed 8-10 lbs. alfalfa and 2 lbs. orchardgrass/acre along with a bushel-and-a-half of barley. Harvest barley as grain in late July or early August. In a normal year, graze new seeding at least once in fall.

Year three: Three crops of hay, graze fourth crop.

Year four: Hay and graze, with amounts of each varying with weather and production.

Year five: Almost all grazing.

PDF - 0.24 Mo - 01/02/2008
Advice from 10 years of no-grain dairy - Graze Magazine
Livestock feeding

Rob Moore, who has not fed grain to his milking cows for the past 10 years, has mixed feelings toward the subject.

Rob is happy with his choice, saying “this is the way I want to farm.” Over the years he learned how to keep his cows in good body condition while getting enough organic milk out of them to provide family living and make payments on two farm mortgages. Today that organic check is usually above $28/cwt., but a decade ago it was closer to $11. Rob and his wife, Pam, believe no-grain offers opportunities for others, and Rob has said so at grazing conferences and other venues.

PDF - 0.13 Mo - 01/11/2007
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