Reproductive Management

Use nutrition to boost transition cow immunity

New research that addresses nutrition’s impact on immunity is helping to clarify immunity’s role in keeping transition cows healthy. FULL STORY »

Focus on heifer size to determine age at breeding

Dairy producers continue to focus on calving heifers at an earlier age, but to achieve that goal producers must manage heifers to reach breeding size sooner. FULL STORY »

Teamwork is essential for reproductive success

A successful dairy reproductive program is built on many factors, with the end result being greater than the sum of all its parts. But nothing can impede success faster than when resources do not function collaboratively. FULL STORY »

Is it time to do away with the herd bull?

If you have a herd bull, a clean-up bull, a bull for the heifers, please consider the alternatives available today, urges a Penn State extension educator. FULL STORY »

How much is your pregnancy rate costing you?

This topic takes forefront in September during the next Penn State Extension “Show Me the Money” conference call series, which is free for anyone in the dairy industry. FULL STORY »

10 goals you must keep during heat stress

Phoenix, Ariz., was the perfect backdrop for a discussion on heat stress in dairy cattle. Learn what one expert had to say during a dairy science meeting held there last week. FULL STORY »

Online dairy courses to be offered

Advanced Dairy Management and Diagnostics covers a wide range of topics related to dairy farm management, including calf and heifer management, pasture and forage systems, housing, milking systems and more. Advanced Dairy Reproduction focuses on all phases of reproductive physiology. FULL STORY »

Improve calving pen management

Calving pens are typically thought of as the culmination of a dairy’s reproduction program, but they are actually the start of the process and directly impact the subsequent pregnancy. FULL STORY »

Simple steps to identify and treat metritis

Metritis is one of the most common fresh cow diseases. Typically diagnosed during the first 10 days in milk, metritis is a uterine infection that can affect up to 30 percent of a dairy herd. FULL STORY »

Still running a clean-up bull?

Approximately 80 percent or more of dairy farms keep them. Here are compelling reasons not to. FULL STORY »

Electronic thaw bath advice

Here are some recommendations for using this equipment to thaw straws of semen. FULL STORY »

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