Reproductive Management

Herd health: Making a case for case definitions

Internal benchmarking is a great tool. External benchmarking is difficult. FULL STORY »

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 »

Timed A.I. in heifers

Dairy heifers have important ovarian and endocrine differences during the estrous cycle compared to lactating cows, according to University of Florida researchers Fabio Lima and Jose Santos. FULL STORY »

New repro webinar series

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) announces its first educational webinar, “Five Easy Steps to Better Heifer Reproduction,” will be held May 9. It is part of a series that will feature topics from the DCRC Annual Meeting. FULL STORY »

Repro webinar coming up

"New Tools for Dairy Reproduction Programs" is Monday. FULL STORY »

Tools for Teams workshop coming up in Pa.

Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team is offering a “Tools for Teams” workshop on March 20. The workshop will highlight the use of various whole farm and data tracking tools to help teams improve success. FULL STORY »

'Raw counts' can be useful

Greg Goodell, DVM, Heifer Authority, Greeley, Colo., says there are many ways to monitor disease on the dairy. FULL STORY »

Know when to assist with calving

Calving time can be stressful for both the dairy cow and the herdsperson. Here is some advice to help you determine when assistance should be given during calving. FULL STORY »

Nutrition checklist for improving reproduction

There are many aspects to manage to achieve better reproductive efficiency, including your dairy herd's nutrition program. FULL STORY »

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