NAV calculates breeding values jointly for dairy cows of the major dairy breeds in milk recording in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
Nordic red breeds
Nordic countries have the biggest red dairy cow population in the world, about 273 000 cows including Finnish Ayrshire (135 000), Swedish Red (104 000) and Danish Red (34 000).
Holstein is the most common dairy breed in the world and also in the Nordic countries. Denmark has 355 000, Sweden 142 000 and Finland 90 000 Holstein cows summing up to about 587 000 cows.
There are almost 2 000 Jersey cows in Sweden and about 400 in Finland. Biggest population – almost 70 000 cows – is in Denmark.
In addition to the main breeds included in NAV genetic evaluation the Nordic countries also have some minor dairy cattle breeds.