Strong, dual purpose, high components milk

  • Good fat and protein ratio Robust
  • Robust and good fertility
  • Excellent fertility


MRY is a modern, red-and-white dual purpose breed that is traditional to The Netherlands. The cows have a high protein content in the milk, with a favorable fat/protein ratio and they are strongly muscled.

MRIJ cows are robust animal that still have a good production with a sober ration and they also give good meat. Farmers can produce their milk in an inexpensive way.

'MRY is unique: both high in protein and high in turnover'
Frank van der Heijden, chairman of the MRY committee

Breeding characteristics

MRY is a red and white dual purpose breed. The cows are easy to manage for farmers and are robust in coping with changing conditions. MRY cows have a good fertility and they calve with ease.

The cows produce milk with a high protein %, a favorable fat/protein ratio and they are strongly muscled.

The hoofs of the cows are strong and the rump angle of the cows is good. In general, the cows are strong, robust, calm, and muscled with thick thighs and strong legs.

  • High protein content
  • Longevity
  • Strong muscularity
  • Dairy strength and capacity
  • High condition score
  • Good fertility

CRV MRY Dutch breeding program

The MRY breed is an old red-and-white dubble purpose breed, coming from the basin of the three rivers Meuse, Rhine and IJssel, from which the name is derived. Although the number of animals has declined due to the increase of Red Holstein, MRY is after Holstein the biggest breed of The Netherlands.

MRY is widely used for crossbreeding and is the third most popular breed in the Netherlands. A modern breeding program has been developed by CRV in order to breed MRIJ cows that produce milk with high components, persistency, and minimum veterinary costs. CRV selects about 12 MRY bulls per year.


Important for successful crossbreeding is the fact that MRY is free of Holstein genes, so more hybrid vigour can be expected. Currently, more than 20% of all MRY inseminations in Holland are used for crossbreeding on Holstein cows. Farmers who need more strength and robustness, as well as farmers who operate on a more low cost, extensive system, should consider the MRY breed as an option for crossbreeding. Milk solids, fertility calving ease medium size, and durability are key words in many farming systems worldwide.

MRY for crossbreeding:

  • Free of Holstein genes
  • Excellent fertility
  • Healthy cows
  • Excellent body condition
  • Long living cows
  • High protein
CRV MRY cows have a good fertility and they calve with ease.

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