Integration of synch programs and estrus detection

Less than 45% of cows are pregnant after the first service, and a significantly smaller percentage are pregnant after the second service. Establishing a robust synchronization protocol is important to ensure that cows are inseminated in a timely manner. FULL STORY »

Timeline highlights key reproductive advances

A timeline compiled by the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council highlights key historical events, research findings and on-farm implementation of reproductive technology in the dairy industry. FULL STORY »

Impact of lameness on reproduction in grazing herds

While the link between lameness and reproduction has been studied for quite some time, less research has been done on the effects of lameness in cows on pasture. To provide information about this, one farm with 463 cows in the lower North Island of New Zealand participated in a study designed to assess the effect of clinical lameness on conception rate. FULL STORY »

Five easy steps to better heifer reproduction

Producers who think their heifer reproduction programs are on track may want to look again. Conception rate and percentage of heifers pregnant within three services are metrics commonly used to track performance of heifer reproduction. Unfortunately, time is the missing component from both of these heifer reproductive measurements. FULL STORY »

Calving difficulties have long-term impact on cow and calf

Researchers in the UK recently studied the effects of calving ease on the fertility and production of 50,000 first lactation Holsteins and their 10,000 Holstein heifer calf offspring. Here is a look at what they found. FULL STORY »

Reaping reproductive rewards a team effort

Working together to improve herd reproduction is the goal of a new program offered through the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The program, ReproMoney, is connecting the producer and their on-farm consultants to discuss how and where reproductive performance can be improved. FULL STORY »

Dietary changes can improve reproduction

Research has long proven the relationship between ration and reproduction; new findings report specific feeding practices that can improve embryo survival. FULL STORY »

Webinar to focus on reproduction and heat stress

Reproductive failure is the number one reason dairy cows involuntarily leave the farm. Heat stress exemplifies this costly issue. Learn more during an upcoming eXtension.org webinar. FULL STORY »

Publication explains estrous cycle

The 21-day estrous cycle relies on a handful of key reproductive hormones for successful completion. Use this publication from the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council to help you train employees. FULL STORY »

Genetic parameters: assessing several traits

A study completed by the University of Czech Republic estimated the genetic parameters for fertility traits and linear type traits in Holstein cows. FULL STORY »

Penn State dairy reproduction drill down tool now available online

The Penn State Reproduction Drill-Down Tool provides a systematic approach to critically analyze the major factors affecting heat detection rate and conception rate so that problem areas can be highlighted and discussed. FULL STORY »

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