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A.I. & Breeding

From estrus and heat detection to genomics and sexed semen, discover the latest information to improve reproductive performance.

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Reproductive management is a game of averages. Different strategies for getting pregnancy established in dairy cows encompass a range of targets for timing artificial insemination (A.I.). Some are precise, aiming for the ideal timing. Others are broader and simply aim for an acceptable average. Most approaches result in pregnancies, but in some cases there remains opportunity for improvement and economical gain.

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Achieving a heat detection rate between 68 and 75 percent, conception rate as high as 40 to 48 percent and a pregnancy rate range between 30 and 37 percent is attainable, and top dairy herds out there are doing it.

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Intense genetic selection can have an unintended side effect – the loss of genetic diversity.

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Reproductive performance on dairies is one of many key areas that can have a huge impact on profitability. It is no surprise dairy farmers continue to look for ways to improve reproduction programs.

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With no let-up in the need to cultivate profitability, dairies constantly seek ways to manage expenses while increasing income opportunities.

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Today, there are many tools a dairy producer can use to influence the rate of genetic change and have lasting effects on the performance of their herd. Over the last decade, the use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) has steadily increased.

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