Breeding heifers by size can impact profit potential
Over the last 10 years there has been more emphasis on growing heifer calves faster and better in order to maximize performance and health of the animal over its lifetime. However, these bigger heifers are not being bred early enough in many situations to take full advantage of the more aggressive calf growth. FULL STORY »
New technologies, outreach boost dairy cattle fertility
Increasing the reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by getting the highest possible number of cows pregnant in the same period of time has always been a challenge for the industry. FULL STORY »
Guidelines for whole-herd BVD testing
Cutting out BVD testing may produce short-term financial savings, but could have devastating, long-term consequences. The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council offers guidelines for whole-herd BVD control programs. FULL STORY »
Stocking rate shows little influence on reproductive performance
Researchers in Ireland recently evaluated the impact of increased stocking densities on herd reproductive performance. FULL STORY »
Should you "cherry pick" during estrus synch?
Although new timed-AI protocols are developed and evaluated constantly, the importance of inseminating cows based on signs of estrus continues to be significant. FULL STORY »
Research identifies method to remove faulty sperm from AI process
All bull semen is not created equal, but Peter Sutovsky has found a way to level the bovine-fertility playing field. FULL STORY »
Check out these teaching materials
Modules are available to help you train and improve the skills of dairy workers in six subject areas. The materials include both English and Spanish versions. FULL STORY »
Improving claw health enhances fertility
Lameness prevalence and severity is often underestimated on dairy farms. However, available data clearly supports the notion that lameness compromises reproductive performance. FULL STORY »
Enhance repro performance with EFAs
Dairies committed to reproductive excellence know nutrition is a key driver of reproductive success. A sound nutrition program helps promote a healthy uterus during and after calving and enables cows to perform at their best. FULL STORY »
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