Is it a good idea to "cherry pick" cows in a synch protocol?

The answer has shifted back and forth over the years, but the latest advice is to adapt your strategy as dictated by herd performance. FULL STORY »

Identify the risk factors for non-cycling cows

What are some of the risk factors for postpartum cows to be anovular (non-cycling) for a prolonged length of time? Researchers at the University of Guelph set out to find some answers. FULL STORY »

Improve calving pen management

Calving pens are typically thought of as the culmination of a dairy’s reproduction program, but they are actually the start of the process and directly impact the subsequent pregnancy. FULL STORY »

Online dairy courses to be offered

Advanced Dairy Management and Diagnostics covers a wide range of topics related to dairy farm management, including calf and heifer management, pasture and forage systems, housing, milking systems and more. Advanced Dairy Reproduction focuses on all phases of reproductive physiology. FULL STORY »

"Kiss of death" found for bovine sperm

University of Missouri researchers have found how to identify faulty sperm and remove them from the artificial insemination equation. FULL STORY »

Simple steps to identify and treat metritis

Metritis is one of the most common fresh cow diseases. Typically diagnosed during the first 10 days in milk, metritis is a uterine infection that can affect up to 30 percent of a dairy herd. FULL STORY »

Still running a clean-up bull?

Approximately 80 percent or more of dairy farms keep them. Here are compelling reasons not to. FULL STORY »

Electronic thaw bath advice

Here are some recommendations for using this equipment to thaw straws of semen. FULL STORY »

Synch programs explained

Here is some helpful advice for understanding and using estrus and ovulation synchronization in the lactating dairy herd. FULL STORY »

Does genomic selection intensify inbreeding or help control it?

Inbreeding management can be easier with a program approach that utilizes genomic insights. FULL STORY »

It pays to cool dry cows

At $16 per hundredweight, a 500-plus cow dairy stands to lose upward of $285,000 in lost milk during the next lactation when dry cows are not cooled. FULL STORY »

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