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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

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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.

 

New strategy gets more cows bred off of natural heat

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Julio Giordano   
Friday, 10 April 2015 10:39

Not every dairy wishes to put all cows on a synchronization plan. Some prefer to breed off of natural heat as much as possible for first and subsequent services. The good news is: Our research shows that with the right strategy in place, the same level of reproductive success can be achieved both ways.

 

Determining the cycling status of cows and why it matters

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by J. Richard Pursley   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:45

Breeding cows back in a timely manner hinges upon that first estrous cycle after calving, but sometimes the return to estrus is delayed. However, there are things you can do to identify and manage these cows and improve your herd’s pregnancy rate.

 

Tap technology to improve reproductive performance

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Shane St. Cyr   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:28

Although U.S. dairies have made significant strides in boosting reproductive performance over the past decade, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Even in the best herds, top managers are continuously seeking new ways to gain reproductive efficiencies.

 

Three keys to long-term reproductive success

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Andrew Sandeen   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:13

As we look at reproductive management and its impact on overall success of a dairy operation, it is clearly a critical component. But the full impact of management successes or failures often won’t be seen in the short term. Managing for reproductive efficiency requires patience and a long-term mindset.

 


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