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 »

Factors associated with late-abortion frequency

New research offers a glimpse into some of the factors associated with abortions in dairy cattle. 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 »

Develop a BVD control plan Play video

Knowing the status of your herd and controlling exposure is key to eliminating bovine viral diarrhea on your operation. FULL STORY »

Use nutrition to boost transition cow immunity

New research that addresses nutrition’s impact on immunity is helping to clarify immunity’s role in keeping transition cows healthy. 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 »

Teamwork is essential for reproductive success

A successful dairy reproductive program is built on many factors, with the end result being greater than the sum of all its parts. But nothing can impede success faster than when resources do not function collaboratively. FULL STORY »

Crossbreeding concept within the Holstein breed?

The key to achieving the maximum opportunity of genetic enhancement within the same breed is the careful, thoughtful and persistent identification and segregation of genetically similar individuals. FULL STORY »

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