Meuse Rhine Issel Cattle Society of the United Kingdom
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Why use M.R.I?

Higher milk quality

Protein production approaching 4%

The right type of protein - high Kappa Casein-B for cheese making

Fat production over 4%

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Good milk yields

Up to 10,000 kgs is not unknown.  Large numbers of cows giving yields of 7500 kg

Longevity

Healthy cows, with good disease resistance and strong legs and feet.

Proved in all UK conditions

MRIs are being kept in all parts of the UK, from the Welsh mountains to the Somerset wetlands, and their owners are all delighted with them

 

"After eight lactations"

Higher calf values

  • Strong will to live

  • Take readily to bucket feeding

  • active, lively calves

  • sturdy and disease resistant

  • good feed conversion

  • good beef quality

  • ideal for bull beef

Buyers recognise the potential of these calves

Calf groups regularly award them Quality status.

Beefing quality

Good conformation and high daily gains

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Average milk production

From NMR Annual Production Report 1998/99:

Year
Total lactations (cows and heifers)
Average milk yield (kg)
Average fat (%)
Weight of fat (kg)
Average protein (%)
Weight of protein (kg)
Average cell count (‘000s)

2000/01

1,258

5,534

4.07

225

3.43

190

155

1999/00
1,347
5,373
4.11
221
3.43
184
137
1998/99
1,225
5,301
4.12
219
3.42
181
143
1997/98
1,131
5,364
4.20
225
3.44
185
139
1996/97
927
5,274
4.22
223
3.45
182
141
1995/96
1,003
5,217
4.10
214
3.36
175
167

 

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Beef Production

 

Number of

age

liveweight

daily gain

cattle

(days)

(kg)

(g)

Performance test:

Eickelborn

10

299

370

1255

Ruhwinkel

43

365

468

1234

Progeny test:

Eickelborn

57

389

450

1136

Kalkreise

37

425

503

1210

Futterkamp

97

290

355

1209

Field test:

(auction sales)

2345

446

564

1179

 

Semen from a range of M.R.I bulls is available from the Society

A list of bulls and prices is available from the Secretary, who can also supply names and telephone numbers of members in your area who will be happy to talk about their herds.

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History of the Meuse Rhine Issel breed

This hardy and productive breed originates in the Netherlands and Germany.

In the Netherlands, it was developed in the region of the three rivers from which it gets its name.  In Germany it comes from the regions of Westfalia, Rhineland and Schleswig Holstein, and is known there as the Rotbunt.

The Dutch Herdbook was formed in 1874 and the German Breed Societies in 1900.  They were run as one breeding area across the border until 1914.   During the 1920s, the Dutch bull 'Sjoerd 1 925' was used extensively in the Rhineland area and played a large part in establishing a good M.R.I. type there.

Between 1920 and 1950, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Denmark founded their own Red & White Dual Purpose breeds, based on the Dutch and Geman stock.

M.R.I. cattle were first imported into the U.K. and Ireland in the early 1970s.  Current milk pricing structures ensure a huge demand for this extremely profitable breed, where yields of 8,000 to 9,000kgs at 4.0% protein are not uncommon.

 

Registering and upgrading cattle

M.R.I cattle are classified as either pure-bred or as pedigree. 

Pure-bred cattle are exactly what the term implies - they have only M.R.I ancestors, and are directly descended from imported cattle.   Pedigree cattle must be at least 87% MRI.

Any breed of cattle can be upgraded to pedigree M.R.I, by using registered bulls, and notifying their progeny to the Society.    The cost of registering cattle starts at only 2 to notify a first cross which is not of the required red and white.  Pedigree and pure-bred cattle cost 10 per head to register.  Full details will be supplied on request.

 

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