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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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At Edgewood Dairy in Custer, Wisconsin, the herd averages a daily milk production of 92 pounds per cow. Just 10 years ago, their average was in the low-80-pound range.

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There has been a lot of chatter lately about inbreeding within the Holstein breed. Early estimates of average inbreeding for Holstein females born in 2021 is 9.1% with an average yearly increase of 0.3% to 0.4% per year.

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If you live in the northeast U.S., odds are you’ve seen a green and yellow logo gracing the packaging of milk or ice cream in your local grocery store.

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For proficient outputs, modern dairies using year-round calving are required to have well-functioning reproductive programs that enable sufficient replacement rates, optimal milk yields and a consistent income all year long.

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Don Bennink, owner of North Florida Holsteins in Bell, Florida, has been a standout in dairy industry advocacy and within the Holstein community.

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It is now a standard feature on any bull evaluation page: the genotype for beta casein, better known as A2. Despite not being a trait, nor a genetic defect, the A2A2 genotype has grown to become an undeniable marketing tool.

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