What is NTM, an explanation.

The Scandinavian countries have joined forces to pool resources to establish a common cattle breeding Index, NTM. Backed by decades of data recording, and research. This index is designed to identify those bulls which will be most profitable in todays difficult economic climate. Scroll down to see an explanation of NTM, in three illustrative charts.

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The index has been designed to be flexible and able to respond to current needs in the ever-changing economic climate. In the recent NTM run (May 2016) Young stock Survival trait has been added, with each breed adding its own weighting to this new trait. In the case of Jerseys it will be based on 179 bulls born between 2007-2010.  The Jersey weighting has been set at 0.14 this should result in a positive genetic increase in young stock survival, whilst having a  moderate effect on NTM  rankings for bulls.

The individual components and weighting that make up NTM. Note the differing breed criteria.
The individual components and weighting that make up NTM. Note the differing breed criteria.

For each +10 NTM, it is estimated to increase the profitability by €100 euros per cow, this mounts up on a 100+cow herd. You can rely on trusted results on comprehensive data held in a single database. The Data base is at the heart of all progress and research.

The Central Cattle Data Base is at the heart of all genetic progress and research.
The Central Cattle Data Base is at the heart of all genetic progress and research.

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