DCRC award nominations due Apr. 1

The awards honor dairy producers and their operations for accomplishing reproductive efficiency with well-implemented management procedures. FULL STORY »

DCHA tip of the week: Advice for problem breeders

There are a number of reasons why some heifers just don't seem to come into heat. One custom heifer grower shares synch strategies that work on his operation. FULL STORY »

Minimize cold shock when handling semen

Here are some timely reminders for handling semen during cold weather. FULL STORY »

Economics of pregnancy diagnostic tests

One tool producers are using to identify nonpregnant cows earlier is blood pregnancy tests. Learn about the financial impact of these chemical tests in a resynchronization program. FULL STORY »

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 »

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