Heat Detection

Financial impact of pregnancy rates

The goal should be to have an average 21-day pregnancy rate greater than 20 percent. Learn what is the most common profit-stealing culprit behind low pregnancy rates. FULL STORY »

Give your heat detection skills a tune up

This fall, be ready to increase the percentage of heats seen in your herd. You could see 20 to 40 percent more heats just by watching animals more regularly. FULL STORY »

Harness the power of rumination

Rumination monitoring can provide an early window for diagnosis of cows with health problems. FULL STORY »

Synch programs explained

Here is some helpful advice for understanding and using estrus and ovulation synchronization in the lactating dairy herd. 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 »

Heat stress and estrus expression

Create changes to alleviate some of the effects of heat stress on the reproductive performance of lactating cows. FULL STORY »

DCHA tip of the week: Heifer breeding strategies

There are a number of different ways to get heifers bred quicker once they enter the breeding pen. Here are some strategies to consider. 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 »

Penn State dairy reproduction drill down tool now available online

The Penn State Reproduction Drill-Down Tool provides a systematic approach to critically analyze the major factors affecting heat detection rate and conception rate so that problem areas can be highlighted and discussed. FULL STORY »

DCRC annual meeting to feature roundtable on activity monitoring technology

The 2011 DCRC Annual Meeting will include a unique technology session highlighting the industry’s advancements in activity monitoring systems and their benefit to dairy cattle reproduction. FULL STORY »

Using kamars to accurately detect estrus

Kamars can be an excellent tool to help detect estrus in cows and heifers if you know how to properly place them on the animal and accurately read the results. FULL STORY »

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