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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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There aren’t any shortcuts to outstanding reproductive performance. Rather, it is a careful blend of consistency and data management according to the needs and specifications of a particular farm.

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One current discussion suffering from disconnect is the growing use of beef bulls on dairy cows. The beef x dairy practice is a frequently addressed topic, but in many cases the information presented, while potentially important and insightful, is conveyed from a single perspective.

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Profitability in dairy operations is directly related to reproductive performance. The results of the preferred reproductive program in the dairy farm will be used to measure essential parameters of success, for instance, decreasing replacements due to reproductive failure and increasing the number of heifers for replacement due to reproductive success.

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A recent University of Wisconsin study shows the potential for greater fertility to sexed semen and improved reproductive efficiency in heifers with a specific synchronization protocol.

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The optimal dry period length remains a topic of practical interest and scientific study. Short dry period lengths reduce milk, fat and protein yield in the next lactation but allow for more milk harvested in the current lactation.

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A successful breeding protocol keeps a herd at the top of its reproductive game.

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