Conception & Fertitlity

Heifer-breeding protocol sheets available

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council has published a set of synchronization protocols specifically developed for heifers, available in both English and Spanish. FULL STORY »

Using Activity Monitors to Predict Ovulation & Get Cows Pregnant

Synchronization protocols have become a great tool for many breeding programs, but most would probably abandon them in a heartbeat if there was another effective way to consistently predict ovulation and pinpoint the perfect time to breed cows. Activity monitors may provide a solution. FULL STORY »

Developing goals for dairy herd reproductive performance

Using benchmarking data from similarly managed dairy herds can be helpful when developing herd goals for reproductive performance. FULL STORY »

Genetic evaluations for cow fertility

Genetic evaluations for daughter pregnancy rate allow the measurement of genetic differences between bulls in fertility of their daughters. FULL STORY »

5 steps to improved heifer reproduction

It is often thought that heifer reproduction outperforms that of the lactating herd, but this is not the case on most farms. Here are some tips to improve heifer reproductive performance on your operation. FULL STORY »

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 »

Why are my cows not getting pregnant in the fall?

The effects of heat stress that we have experienced thus far during the summer of 2012 will linger into the fall when the heat of the summer has long passed. FULL STORY »

Progesterone may help increase summer fertility

New research shows post-A.I. use of a controlled intravaginal drug-releasing (CIDR) insert containing progesterone may help improve summer conception rates. FULL STORY »

Identify the risk factors for non-cycling cows

What are some of the risk factors for postpartum cows to be anovular (non-cycling) for a prolonged length of time? Researchers at the University of Guelph set out to find some answers. FULL STORY »

"Kiss of death" found for bovine sperm

University of Missouri researchers have found how to identify faulty sperm and remove them from the artificial insemination equation. FULL STORY »

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