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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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Heat detection always requires some degree of human intervention. This is because our only indication of estrus is the cow’s abnormal behavior.

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Poor fertility of lactating dairy cows significantly challenges most dairy producers. In most herds conception rates of cows are at best about half that of heifers.

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Researchers have provided dairy producers with tools to improve reproductive performance in their dairy herds, yet the results continue to be less than desirable. Nationally, the 21-day pregnancy rate averages 13 to 14 percent; however, some herds are far above average. What do these herds do to attain success when many herds struggle with reproduction?

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A high-producing cow starts to experience an increase in body temperature at air temperatures as low as 80°F.

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Genomics is creating a new buzz in the genetics industry and is getting quite a bit of press, as you may have noticed. I am convinced it is not just “techno-babble,” either. It’s a technology that promises to drive productivity and genetic improvement on progressive dairies.

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