Reproductive Management

How to beat the heat this summer

The effects of heat stress on milk production and reproduction can be quite severe. Here are some methods to help you minimize heat stress this season. FULL STORY »

Improving reproductive efficiency adds value

Improving 21-day pregnancy rates from 13 percent to 22 percent could result in a value of $188 per cow per year, or $37,600 for a 200-cow dairy herd, according to a University of Wisconsin dairy scientist. FULL STORY »

Get help with reproduction protocols

The Dairy Cow Reproduction Protocol sheet is a two-page document that depicts programs for first AI and resynchronization. FULL STORY »

Breeding heifers by size can impact profit potential

Over the last 10 years there has been more emphasis on growing heifer calves faster and better in order to maximize performance and health of the animal over its lifetime. However, these bigger heifers are not being bred early enough in many situations to take full advantage of the more aggressive calf growth. FULL STORY »

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 »

Check out these teaching materials

Modules are available to help you train and improve the skills of dairy workers in six subject areas. The materials include both English and Spanish versions. FULL STORY »

Improving claw health enhances fertility

Lameness prevalence and severity is often underestimated on dairy farms. However, available data clearly supports the notion that lameness compromises reproductive performance. FULL STORY »

Enhance repro performance with EFAs

Dairies committed to reproductive excellence know nutrition is a key driver of reproductive success. A sound nutrition program helps promote a healthy uterus during and after calving and enables cows to perform at their best. FULL STORY »

Metritis impacts key cow performance parameters

Recent research shows that dairy cow feeding behavior during the early transition period is an indicator of metritis risk. FULL STORY »

Cool cows to improve reproduction

Many events necessary for establishment of pregnancy in dairy cattle can be compromised by heat stress. Providing cooling for a few days around ovulation can reduce the magnitude of heat stress on fertility. FULL STORY »

Repro Money testimonial on YouTube Play video

See what one Wisconsin dairy farm family has to say about an extension program designed to help improve herd reproductive efficiency. FULL STORY »

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