Lowest use of antibiotics
Antimicrobial resistance has been cited as the largest global threat to human health in the 21st century. Without a concerted effort to control the use scientists believe we face the prospect of a post-antibiotic era where simple infections could kill.
Some predict that deaths related to antimicrobial resistance will surpass that of cancer by mid-century.
A 2015 report from the European Medicines Agency on the sales of antimicrobial agents in 30 European countries put Norway at the bottom of the list for antibiotic use per kg livestock biomass produced.
Antibiotic use in Denmark exceeded Norway by more than 14 times, while Spain used more than 100 times the level used in Norway.
Long term investments are paying off
It is clear that long term investments in health traits in the breeding program is paying off for the Norwegian Red breed. Moreover, crossbreds may also benefit from increased health and results are visible already after the first cross with Norwegian Red.
Research done by Dr. Gary Rogers based on USDA data shows that a Norwegian Red x Holstein crossbred will give an expected NET profit gain of $163 per cow per year, and the health benefits alone stand for $46 per cow per year compared to purebred Holstein cows. The results are well documented and based on data from US herds.