It’s an highly debated question amongst most dairy breeders — which is the best dairy breed? The answer is not a simple A or B and is more likely to be a qualified “it depends.” Professor Elliott Currie talks about the economic analysis of the different dairy breeds at the 2015 Canadian Dairy Xpo. The research does point to a most profitable breed, and Currie presented his findings at this year’s Canadian Dairy Xpo.
From investment in equipment, to average butterfat production, to vet bills and breeding costs, Currie says that the “winning” breed came out ahead by only 0.9%, measured as a return on investment (the money you get to keep).
So which was the winning breed? Watch the video to find out, and to hear about the development of a spreadsheet that will soon be available for farmers to run their own numbers, allowing them to see what mix of cow breeds will result in the best return on investment for their farm. (Read more: HOLSTEIN VS. JERSEY: WHICH BREED IS MORE PROFITABLE?, JERSEY VS. HOLSTEIN – THE DEBATE CONTINUES and HOLSTEIN VS. JERSEY – WHAT COLOR OF DAIRY BREED IS THE REAL MONEY MAKER?)