Is poor hygiene undermining conception rates?
Semen handling, insemination technique, and the environment in which you work can all play a role in reducing pregnancy rates. Use this assessment to identify weaknesses in hygiene during breeding. FULL STORY »
Dairy producers benefit from using sexed semen
Kansas State University reproductive physiologist Jeff Stevenson discusses how sexed semen or gender-biased semen offers dairy producers a cost-effective method for adding more females to the herd. FULL STORY »
On-farm pregnancy diagnosis options
An appropriate method for pregnancy diagnosis depends on the objectives of the reproductive program and considerations that are unique to each individual farm. FULL STORY »
Reduce sick cows through breeding
Traditionally, the dairy industry has focused on proper nutrition and management practices to prevent disease. Another method that is gaining popularity is the use of genetics to select for healthier cows with naturally superior immune responses. FULL STORY »
Good genetic merit for fertility matters
Research results published in the July Journal of Dairy Science demonstrate, for the first time, that genetic merit for fertility has pronounced effects on key reproductive parameters. FULL STORY »
Focus on heifer size to determine age at breeding
Dairy producers continue to focus on calving heifers at an earlier age, but to achieve that goal producers must manage heifers to reach breeding size sooner. FULL STORY »
Is it time to do away with the herd bull?
If you have a herd bull, a clean-up bull, a bull for the heifers, please consider the alternatives available today, urges a Penn State extension educator. FULL STORY »