"Most herds which experience subpar reproductive performance are having small issues in several areas," says George Heersche, Jr., with the University of Kentucky. "We must maximize efficiency in all areas to achieve good reproductive performance."

In the April 2013 Kentucky Dairy Notes, Heersche discusses four important factors to consider when artificially inseminating dairy cows:

  • Cows accurately detected in heat and inseminated
  • Fertility level of the herd
  • Semen fertility level
  • Inseminator efficiency

He also provides examples of outcomes that result when you multiply these factors together.

Read Dairy Herd Reproductive Performance: Back to Basics 1 in the April 2013 issue of Kentucky Dairy Notes.