Pregnancy Detection

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 »

On-farm pregnancy diagnosis options

An appropriate method for pregnancy diagnosis depends on the objectives of the reproductive program and considerations that are unique to each individual farm. FULL STORY »

Benefits of using ultrasound

Ultrasound is one of the earliest, most reliable tools available for diagnosing pregnancy in dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

Check out these repro papers

The papers, from the recent Kentucky Dairy Partners Annual Meeting, are a valuable resource on synchronization programs, timed-A.I., and early pregnancy diagnosis. FULL STORY »

Economics of pregnancy diagnostic tests

One tool producers are using to identify nonpregnant cows earlier is blood pregnancy tests. Learn about the financial impact of these chemical tests in a resynchronization program. FULL STORY »

Does early palpation result in pregnancy loss in dairy cows?

Looking at almost 1,000 dairy cows in one study, researchers tried to determine the effect of palpation per rectum by use of 1 or 2 fetal membrane slips for pregnancy diagnosis during early gestation on pregnancy loss in dairy cattle. 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 »

Monitor your herd’s pregnancy rate

Pregnancy Rate (PR) is a key performance indicator for reproductive performance in dairy herds. It is defined as the percentage of cows eligible to become pregnant that actually do become pregnant in a given time period. FULL STORY »

Assessing ultrasound’s impact on dairy cattle reproduction

Technology continues to revolutionize the way tasks are completed on the dairy, including your ability to get cows bred. One tool that has grown in use is ultrasound. Learn more about how this tool has enhanced dairy reproductive programs. FULL STORY »

Analyze the economics of your dairy’s reproductive program

Quickly, what is the cost-benefit of improving your 21-day pregnancy rate from 15 percent to 20 percent? Not many farmers can accurately answer that off the top of their head. But that information can be critical to your profitability. To help calculate the right response for your farm, check out the “Dairy Reproductive Economic Analysis” tool from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. FULL STORY »

The dollar value of a pregnancy

Getting cows pregnant has multiple financial benefits, including another lactation and additional replacement heifers. FULL STORY »

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