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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 efficiency on a dairy is an important factor in overall profitability, and a sizable amount of labor is involved in the synchronization or estrus detection and insemination of cows and heifers. That is why an open cow at pregnancy check is so frustrating.

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Proper calf selection is crucial for your 4-H dairy career. Creating your desired calf through strategic breeding is an approach to consider when choosing your show heifer.

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At the 2016 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, Jonathan Lamb of Oakfield Corners Dairy and Dr. Chad Dechow from Penn State University teamed up to discuss the impact of genomics on commercial dairy herds.

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These protocol sheets were assembled by members of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC).

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Things aren’t just black and white at Majestic Crossing Dairy. For brothers Dean and Darren Strauss, a three-way crossbreeding program has added colors to their barn, components to their milk and cash to their bottom line.

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A recently released paper (PDF, 105KB) from the University of Minnesota’s extensive, ongoing crossbreeding study indicates first-lactation cows resulting from a two-breed cross can rival their Holstein herd mates in milk production and outperform them in other key areas.

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