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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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Following Norway’s roadmap to lower methane emission

A green future, incentivised by government, is being mapped out in Norway with electric vehicles now accounting for 60% of new car sales, leaving fossil-fuel vehicles lagging.

And the dairy industry isn’t being left out. The Norwegian Government has put 15 million NOK  (£1.275 million) – an amount matched by the country’s cattle breeding company Geno – into a cattle breeding project, which is monitoring methane emissions not only on dairy units, but also in its Norwegian Red young bull testing  station.

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Training and working with many A.I. technicians – both herdsmen, inseminators and professional inseminators – reveals common mistakes that should be avoided. The following are seven points that can make or break insemination results.

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It is easy to measure the impact certain decisions on your dairy have to your profitability. Changing the number of cows you are milking has a direct impact to the pounds of milk produced, changes to rations have a direct impact on feed costs, and high animal health incidents directly increase the vet and drug bill, just to name a few.

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Digital technologies: They’re not just for activity monitoring anymore.

Automated devices that track physical activity changes, with a focus on detecting estrus, date back to the 1970s.

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Inbreeding in dairy cattle remains a struggle for the dairy industry, and with the intensive use of genomics; inbreeding is growing faster than ever in many breeds. Increases in inbreeding lowers production and has a detrimental effect by increasing stillbirths, reducing cow fertility, reducing disease resistance, and shortening herd life.

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Genetics are an efficient tool to achieve healthier cows and thereby contribute to empty the sick pen. Breeding gives a permanent and cumulative effect; genetic improvement achieved today is of value also for future generations.

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