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How Holstein, Jersey breeds are taking form for the future

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Friday, 21 August 2015 14:40

jersey and holstein cowsThe future of the dairy industry is not just black and white; it is brown, too.

 

The pros and cons of polled genetics

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Chrissy Meyer   
Friday, 21 August 2015 14:29

Polled dairy cattle trace back at least as far as pedigree records have been kept. The polled gene in dairy cattle is dominant over the horned gene, yet horned cattle are still much more prevalent in the global dairy population because few producers ever chose to select for polled cattle as part of their breeding program.

 

Beef on dairy: Creating a plan for your business

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Colten Green   
Friday, 21 August 2015 14:22

You’ve asked some variation of the question, at least once, at some point in the last couple years. This is the same question everyone else in the dairy industry has asked sometime or other. The question is: “What’s up with this beef price, and how long is it going to stick around?”

 

Transforming dairy reproductive decisions

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Written by Glaucio Lopes   
Friday, 21 August 2015 14:17

08311 cow calf

Reproductive synchronization protocols, along with renewed attention to detail, are integral parts of dairy reproductive success. The development of these protocols and their rapid on-farm adoption over the past 20 years are key reasons why 21-day pregnancy rates no longer languish at 14 percent.

 

Diversified panel of leaders give perspectives on genomics

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Sarah Lenkaitis   
Friday, 21 August 2015 14:00

In conjunction with the National Holstein Convention, held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, Holstein Association USA conducted a well-rounded panel on genomics that provided both technical insight and practical advice for Holstein breeders in attendance.

 

Darn it! I thought she was pregnant! Why healthy cows lose pregnancies

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Written by J. Richard Pursley   
Friday, 21 August 2015 13:34

Your best cow is in standing heat this morning. Just two weeks ago, she was diagnosed pregnant. Bummer! The first thing you want to do is find someone to blame. Usually, the veterinarian is first on the list. Just so you know, it is not likely to be the veterinarian’s fault. Please don’t blame the veterinarian.

 

Who’s to blame for poor repro?

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Pauly Paul   
Friday, 21 August 2015 13:08

When I get onto a dairy struggling to get cows bred, fingers start pointing. Often, it’s an outside person who is blamed: the nutritionist, the breeder or the veterinarian. From my experience, I can tell you the problems are more likely to stem from within – but then again, sometimes they don’t.

 

Is fertility compromised if you select for improved immunity?

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Bonnie Mallard   
Friday, 21 August 2015 12:40

A dairy cow’s immune system, along with reproduction, is an important fitness trait.

It’s a trait that’s of major consideration for producers because the ability to find and identify cows with a superior immune response can reduce disease incidence and improve milk quality and farm profitability.

 


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