Management: The key for fertility success

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Accelerated Genetics commitment to higher quality product begins with bull care and involves detailed attention to every step of semen collection and processing, as well as maximum standards for semen quality control. For Accelerated Genetics, these efforts do not end in the processing laboratory, but continue through service and technical support to customers in order to maximize on-farm fertility results.

In this regard, we {Accelerated Genetics} know that management and environmental factors account for about 96 percent of fertility variation in a dairy operation (Weigel, 2001). Our challenge is what are those factors effecting fertility and how do we help improve them? The answer to this question is too broad to summarize in this article, as it includes facilities, nutrition, overcrowding, semen handling, A.I. technique, etc. In this article, I will summarize challenging issues that our ReproConnections team frequently finds on U.S. dairy operations while conducting on-farm visits.

It all comes down to prevention. When a fertility issue shows up in a farm, there is usually a common factor that is not related to individual cows. After reviewing all possible explanations at a dairy, we can classify the potential problems in one or more of the following three management areas: dry, fresh or transition pen; issues affecting the entire herd; and recent changes. Please note that infectious diseases are not included in these areas, but they should be considered and discussed with your herd veterinarian.

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