Reproductive Management

Economics of heat stress

Heat stress decreases milk production, feed intake and reproduction and increases the risks of lameness and culling. Here are some estimates of the economic losses. FULL STORY »

Breeding soundness exams

A breeding soundness exam is a vastly underutilized screening tool to gauge the reproductive potential of dairy bulls. 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 »

Recording of heat stress webinar now available

The webinar examines various strategies that can help subside summer’s negative effects on reproduction. FULL STORY »

Register for heat stress webinar

Reproductive failure and summer heat stress are the focus of next week’s webinar from the Dairy eXtension learning community. FULL STORY »

DCHA tip of the week: Heifer breeding strategies

There are a number of different ways to get heifers bred quicker once they enter the breeding pen. Here are some strategies to consider. FULL STORY »

DCHA tip of the week: Advice for problem breeders

There are a number of reasons why some heifers just don't seem to come into heat. One custom heifer grower shares synch strategies that work on his operation. FULL STORY »

Five easy steps to better heifer reproduction

Producers who think their heifer reproduction programs are on track may want to look again. Conception rate and percentage of heifers pregnant within three services are metrics commonly used to track performance of heifer reproduction. Unfortunately, time is the missing component from both of these heifer reproductive measurements. FULL STORY »

Calving difficulties have long-term impact on cow and calf

Researchers in the UK recently studied the effects of calving ease on the fertility and production of 50,000 first lactation Holsteins and their 10,000 Holstein heifer calf offspring. Here is a look at what they found. FULL STORY »

Dietary changes can improve reproduction

Research has long proven the relationship between ration and reproduction; new findings report specific feeding practices that can improve embryo survival. FULL STORY »

Webinar to focus on reproduction and heat stress

Reproductive failure is the number one reason dairy cows involuntarily leave the farm. Heat stress exemplifies this costly issue. Learn more during an upcoming eXtension.org webinar. FULL STORY »

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