The girolando breed is responsible for 80% of milk production in Brazil.
Girolando is the result of the crossing of the Gir and Holstein breeds. It is a breed well recognized for its rusticity inherited from Gir and for the milk production from Holstein. It is responsible for 80% of milk production in Brazil, which is the main factor of choice of this breed for export.
Girolando’s Reproductive Efficiency is its strong point (short Service Period, ideal calving interval, and higher number of calves per cow), as we know that fertility is better when the animal is in its ideal climate.
Longevity, fertility, and precocity are very evident in Girolando, virtues inherited from Gir and Holstein, resulting in an excellent lifelong production and a large number of offspring that normally start at 30 months of age (1st offspring age). Peak milk production can reach 10 (ten) years and production is satisfactory until 15 (fifteen) years of age.
It adapts very well to any type of handling, mixing grazing with stabling, with excellent performance with Automatic Milking and without the presence of the calf at its feet. In addition to the Girolando calf being born with excellent weight (35 Kg / average), it has an excellent growth rate, thanks to the mother’s ability to raise and the vigor of the calves (Genetic Heritage).
Rusticity is a very important quality, and in the tropical world this is an essential feature for survival. Girolando females are highly productive, have perfect physiological and morphological characteristics for production in the tropics – teats size and support, excellent conditions for lactation, pigmentation, thermo-regulatory capacity, reproductive efficiency, etc.
Males have high adaptability – ability to use poor pastures, resistance to diseases and parasites, docile animals, excellent weight gain, etc. – and a performance comparable with any other type of specific genetic crossbreeding for meat production, under similar raising conditions.