Nordic countries: NTM introduced

In the Nordic countries Finland, Sweden and Denmark the breeding value for ”saved feed” is introduced in breeding index Nordic Total Merit (NTM) in the evaluation in August 2020. NTM is a total merit index that hold traits with an economic importance for Nordic dairy farmers. The number of traits has increased over years due to new registrations being available. Feed efficiency is an important trait that has so far been difficult to include in breeding values because of lack of registrations. This will change gradually, and first step is that Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluations (NAV) included Saved feed in NTM in August 2020 based on maintenance efficiency. The plan is to include also metabolic efficiency in Saved Feed and in NTM in the near future.

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