Diagnosing the silent repro threat: Subclinical metritis

The economic impact of one form of metritis versus others is hard to decipher since we are all still trying to come to a consensus about defining each condition the same way. FULL STORY »

Does early palpation result in pregnancy loss in dairy cows?

Looking at almost 1,000 dairy cows in one study, researchers tried to determine the effect of palpation per rectum by use of 1 or 2 fetal membrane slips for pregnancy diagnosis during early gestation on pregnancy loss in dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

Using animal activity to detect disease

Metabolic diseases in the transition period continue to cause substantial economic losses to dairy producers. With the advancement in activity monitors for dairy cows, researchers have begun to examine ways to utilize animal behavior data to detect disease prior to the onset of clinical signs. FULL STORY »

DCRC annual meeting to feature roundtable on activity monitoring technology

The 2011 DCRC Annual Meeting will include a unique technology session highlighting the industry’s advancements in activity monitoring systems and their benefit to dairy cattle reproduction. FULL STORY »

Back to basics: Explaining the estrous cycle

A working knowledge of the dairy cow’s estrous cycle and its associated hormones can help you improve your herd’s conception rates and boost reproductive efficiency. FULL STORY »

Ovarian size matters

High variation in dairy cow ovary size and the number of follicles and high quality oocytes in ovaries (referred to as ovarian reserve) impacts ovarian function and fertility. Based on once or twice a day ovarian ultrasonography of cattle, the peak number of follicles growing during different follicular waves of the estrous cycle (referred to as antral follicle count, or AFC) varied seven-fold among animals but was very repeatable within animal regardless of age. FULL STORY »

U.S. restaurant index falls to 11-month low amid souring economic outlook

An index tracking U.S. restaurant operators’ sales and expectations fell to an 11-month low in July, as the nation’s debt woes contributed to a souring outlook on the economy, the industry’s primary trade association said. FULL STORY »

Using kamars to accurately detect estrus

Kamars can be an excellent tool to help detect estrus in cows and heifers if you know how to properly place them on the animal and accurately read the results. FULL STORY »

Economics of the 3K SNP genomic test for calves

The University of Florida takes a look at some ideas and the economic value on the use of the 3K SNP genomic test for calves on dairy farms. FULL STORY »

Sheath protectors improve fertility, reduce contamination

New research from The Ohio State University shows just how important a double plastic sheath can be during artificial insemination (A.I.). FULL STORY »

Prevent a heifer fertility meltdown

Triple-digit temperatures scorched a large portion of the country this summer. Heat stress conditions cause immediate discomfort. However, they also cause long-term consequences on dairy cattle reproductive efficiency. These include a decrease in the length and intensity of estrus, reduced conception rates, decreased embryo survival, reduced pregnancy rates and smaller calf size. FULL STORY »

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