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The Milk House

IVF and OPU technology speeds genetic progress

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Stephanie Skernivitz   
Monday, 03 November 2014 13:26


Endless Mountains Veterinary Center PC (EMVC) in Rome, Pennsylvania, recognized the shift in the dairy industry from conventional embryo transfer (ET) to oocyte pick-up (OPU) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), and cracked open the books over a four-year span to research as much as possible before launching its new OPU center earlier this spring.


A modern look at sourcing bulls for A.I. service

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:07


Before he earns a glossy page in a proof magazine, a bull must prove himself. However, the A.I. bull selection and proving process is not what it used to be.


Genomic testing heifers has big payoffs for Indiana dairy

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Cheryl Marti   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:50

From its humble beginnings with nine cows in 1945, Homestead Dairy of Plymouth, Indiana, has embodied steady and continued progress. It’s a value that third-generation owner-manager Brian Houin takes seriously.

Today, Houin, along with five other family members and two non-family managers, oversees more than 3,500 lactating cows and 8,000 total animals on three sites in north-central Indiana. The young dairyman attributes much of the exponential growth of the business to strategic adoption of new technologies and management practices over time.


Monitoring herd genetics pays dividends

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Robert Fourdraine   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:49

Record milk and beef prices and rising replacement heifer prices offer commercial dairy producers options to manage their herd inventory. Herds with adequate supplies of replacement heifers have greater opportunity to cull low-producing cows and take advantage of high beef prices.


American Dairy Science Association annual meeting news

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Glaucio Lopes   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:13

Researchers and the dairy science community joined together in July in Kansas City, Missouri, for the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting held by the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and the American Society on Animal Science (ASAS).

Several topics related to animal behavior and well-being, animal health, genetics, dairy management, animal nutrition, milk quality and physiology of reproduction were discussed in this five-day event with more than 2,000 abstracts presented through posters and oral sessions.


Implementation of an early ‘open’ check

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Jeremy Howard   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:55

dairy cattle in headlocksThere are many tools available in the toolbox of livestock managers that can be used to maximize reproductive efficiencies. One of these tools is blood-based pregnancy tests. Over the last 10 years, this technology has been gaining in popularity as a tool to find the open cow.


Amplify best genetics: Advanced Reproductive Management

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Paul Krueger   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:42

Worldwide, dairy producers have put a great deal of focus on improving efficiencies through standard operating procedures, herd nutrition and reproductive strategies. But now producers are looking for additional ways to improve herd performance. One of these new trends in reproduction is a concept called Advanced Reproductive Management (ARM).


Lessons in crossbreeding from international experience

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Jennifer Janak   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:33

dairy cowsThe definitive goal of breeding is to select favorable traits that will prevail in the next generation, and crossbreeding could be one way to do that.

Dr. Frank Buckley of Ireland delved into appreciation for and the power of crossbreeding during the International Cow Fertility Conference in May.



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