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Utilize embryo transfer for higher conception rates during heat stress

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Jeremy Howard   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 12:47

in-vitro fertilization and embryo transfer

In order to remain profitable, a dairy needs to be effective at getting cows pregnant. This can be particularly challenging during the summer months because of the effects of heat stress.

 

Genomic testing: Answers to your questions

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Denise Athy   
Monday, 13 July 2015 14:00

Producers and industry personnel gathered May 14 in Tulare, California, and May 15 in Bakersfield, California, to discuss important factors contributing to genomic testing.

 

Anovular or anestrous: Do you know the difference?

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Andrew Sandeen   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:40

Open cows that aren't cycling normally can hamper successful reproduction. This article, the first in a series on cyclicity, defines the terms “anovulation” and “anestrus.”

 

The high value of low heritability

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Chrissy Meyer   
Friday, 05 June 2015 15:25

The brutal fact is that heritability is often misunderstood.

 

Milk and blood pregnancy tests viable alternative

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Glaucio Lopes   
Monday, 20 April 2015 12:17

Reproductive efficiency is a major driver of dairy profitability. That’s because improved pregnancy rates allow producers to maximize the number of cows in the most profitable stage of their life cycle, as well as empower producers to make better culling and replacement decisions.

 

Preg Calculator app to track reproductive health

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Progressive Dairyman Staff Writer Melissa Miller   
Friday, 17 April 2015 14:06

Preg Calculator app and logo

A new app developed through the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine is making it easier than ever to track reproductive herd health.

 

People, protocols and teamwork top repro success factors

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Kristi Fiedler   
Friday, 10 April 2015 12:46

When I was a dairy herd consultant in the mid-2000s, I worked with many dairy managers who were very excited to reach a 20 percent pregnancy rate. At the time, these herds were top performers. Today, that performance level is considered average.

 

Better transition cow management enhances reproduction

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Robert Fourdraine   
Friday, 10 April 2015 10:49

Paying attention to transition cow management pays obvious dividends through improved health, increased production and lower culling rates.

 


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