Breeding techniques and hygiene can play a considerable role in conception rates.

Profit Tips: Is poor hygiene undermining conception rates?“It’s tempting to think reduced conception would only be a result of calving conditions, post-calving health, reproductive disorders, milk production, nutrition, estrous detection errors, and timing of service,” says Cynthia Martel, extension agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension. “However, semen quality and handling, insemination technique, and the environment in which you work can also play a role in reduced pregnancy rate.”

In a recent issue of the Virginia Tech Dairy Pipeline, Martel provides a self-assessment that guides you in examining key procedures that affect hygiene during breeding. To access the assessment, type the headline of this tip into the “Search” box