Largest herd book population worldwide

More than 1.7 million Holsteins and almost 150,000 Red Holsteins are registered in the herd book in Germany. With those figures, Germany has the largest herd book population worldwide. Moreover, Germany has approx. 3,800 Red & White dual-purpose (DN) cows within the scope of an independent breeding program and individual breeding value estimation.

Very high level of milk recording

2.1 million Holsteins and 231,000 Red Holsteins are controlled by independent milk recording (2017). With 90 % of cattle being milk recorded, it is a very important factor in successful breeding programs, and is higher than in any other country in the world.

Different production conditions

Herd size, herd management, and environmental conditions differ greatly between the various regions of Germany and make great demands on dairy cows. There are both family farms with less than 100 dairy cows as well as very large production farms with several thousand head of cattle.

Large number of test bulls

Approx. 12,000 male candidates were tested within the scope of genomic selection in 2014. About 450 of these were selected for breeding programs. A selection ratio of 1:40 is the result of this.

In Germany cows with more than 100,000 kg lifetime production are no rarity.

In the year 2017 the following average production of the herd book population was achieved (source: “milchrind” magazine issue 1/2018):



Milk kg

Fat %

Fat kg

Protein %

Protein kg

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Red & white

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Catalogo Tori 2017/2018

GGI − German Genetics International GmbH is the international export marketing body of the seven leading German breeding organizations, representing these on the international market. As well as a wide range of sires of beef, dual purpose and other dairy breeds, we offer, in particular, high-class Holstein and Red Holstein genetics. In co-operation with our competent partners worldwide, GGI offers breeders from all over the world access to the entire potential of German Holstein breeding. Moreover, GGI is a reliable partner for all aspects of cattle breeding and management. All sires offered are tested with high reliability and accuracy, based on the worldwide leading estimation model for breeding values. This applies to daughter proven sires as well as to only genomic tested young bulls.

The German breeding philosophy is clearly reflected in GGI’s product range. This includes high milk production with good components, good conformation with excellent feet & legs and functional, healthy udders as well as high fertility and great longevity. The aim is an efficient, healthy, trouble-free cow that gives high production under a variety of housing conditions over many lactations.

Please contact GGI or our international partners because using the best GGI sires you will always be on the right track!

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