Heat Detection

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 »

An economic comparison of reproductive programs

Suboptimal reproductive performance leads to extended days open, increased culling due to reproductive failure, and decreased milk yield. Many factors influence the reproductive and productive performance of dairy herds, consequently, profitability. Choosing the most effective reproductive protocol for a given herd is a critical managerial decision. FULL STORY »

Enhancing the fertility of lactating dairy cows

Infertility of the lactating dairy cow continues to be a critical problem limiting profitability and sustainability of dairy farms. Reproductive performance of lactating dairy cows is dependent upon service rate (or estrus detection rate), fertility of the service sire, and maternal fertility. FULL STORY »

Student’s device monitors dairy cows for efficient breeding

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports a dairy science student at Cal Poly has used a device to monitor a cow’s health and increase pregnancy rates. FULL STORY »

Help to sort through synchronization protocols

It can be a challenge to keep the various synchronization protocols straight in your mind, let alone successfully implement them on your dairy. To help you and your management team more effectively manage your farm’s reproductive performance, a group of dairy reproductive experts have created a dairy synchronization protocol fact sheet. The two-page document outlines established synchronization protocols, making it an excellent resource tool for your reproductive toolbox. FULL STORY »

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