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Farming for the future
Sustainability
in practice
at Torpet Farm
Sustainability is running a profitable business
while safeguarding the environment.
By Camilla Rosman, VikingGenetics
S
ofia and Gustav Kämpe started
their dairy business in 2008
together with Gustav´s parents,
and bought the farm in 2015. During this
time, they built a new barn and
increased the herd from 100 to 200
cows. The family also includes Viggo, 10
and Hilda, 8.
The Kämpes both work on the farm,
and Sofia also works as a consultant to
the local community and is a specialist
in reducing agriculture-related eutrophication of rivers.
An advisor from VÄXA (the Swedish
coop, and one of the owners of
VikingGenetics) visits them four to five
times a year to discuss their three-year
strategy for the business. “Our main goal
in the business is to reach 12.500 kg ECM
(Energy Corrected Milk) within the next
3 years. We have used VikingGenetics
from the start, and when we increased
the herd in 2015, all cows we bought had
Viking pedigrees”, Sofia says.
To reach their goal they have decided to increase the NTM (Nordic Total
merit index) in the herd by 8 units above
average. “We know that this is the way to
go, as NTM also take health traits into
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consideration, and animal welfare is important to us”, she adds.
The Kämpes genomically test all heifer
calves born, as this is the best solution
for them “We use X-Vik semen on our top
20% and beef semen, currently Angus for
the rest”, she comments.
The latter are sold to a farmer
breeding heifers for slaughter.
Efficiency in focus
The couple have a wide-ranging understanding of the challenges of climate
change. Environment issues are important to them. “We need to be on our toes
in the dairy industry if we are to achieve
the goal of net zero CO2 by 2050. This is
also one factor behind our strategy to
increase production to 12,500 kg.
Efficient cows are good for the climate”,
Gustav explains and there is more to do
on the farm in this area for the future,
solar cell panels and a biogas station,
for example.
“The debate about climate and cows
is frustrating, but we feel confident it
will calm down. Cows are needed in the
cycle, and they eat grass which we can’t.
Our cattle graze on 60 ha of natural pas-
When you use a tool
like genomic selection,
it’s important to stick
with that 100% and use
the results. We never
think about cow families,
we look at the NTM. And
we have been able to see
that high NTM heifers
also become the highest
producing dairy cows
says Gustav Kämpe
tures, that would become overgrown if
the cattle were not there”, he says.
VikingGenetics’ recently introduced
saved feed index will play an important
role at Torpet Farm. “Feed is the biggest
cost on a farm, and if we can breed more
efficient cows, that will be great.” They
are waiting for the registrations from the
CFIT* cameras into the saved feed index,
which will be the most sophisticated tool
on the market.

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