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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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One of my friends Tim called in April of last year.

“Marc,” he said, “One of my dairy clients, might be interested in working with us over the summer on a reproduction project – would you like to help?”

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The answer to the question “Why artificially inseminate heifers?” is quite simple: to increase the number of genetically superior heifers available for herd replacement and sale.

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As dairies look to become more efficient in all aspects of their operation, the industry’s major breed organizations have answered the call by providing online cattle registration.

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Crossbreeding has recently gained a lot of attention in popular press articles; however, in 2008, the amount of semen from non-traditional breeds (Swedish Red [SR], Montbeliarde [MO], etc.) imported into the U.S. was reportedly down from previous years.

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Anyone who has spent time breeding dairy cows over the years has seen the reproductive changes that have occurred. Cows no longer exhibit signs of heat like they did just a couple of decades ago.

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