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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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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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As the dairy industry continues to make strides in efficiency, producers across the country are showing it is possible to achieve a 30 percent pregnancy rate with a 30,000-pound herd average.

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An early adapter to genomic testing is putting the numbers to work with both a high-producing commercial herd and a genetics facility.

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It was not long ago that a 20 percent pregnancy rate (PR) was the gold standard for a productive dairy herd, but today, that bar is being raised beyond what many ever imagined.

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Embryo production in cattle has changed dramatically in the last couple of decades, and its use will likely increase since now producers can better predict animal performance with the use of genomics.

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