Reproductive Management

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 »

Publication explains estrous cycle

The 21-day estrous cycle relies on a handful of key reproductive hormones for successful completion. Use this publication from the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council to help you train employees. FULL STORY »

Genetic parameters: assessing several traits

A study completed by the University of Czech Republic estimated the genetic parameters for fertility traits and linear type traits in Holstein cows. FULL STORY »

Linking conception rate and level of somatic cell count

The Hebrew University in Israel evaluated the effects of mastitis, determined by the pattern and level of somatic cell count (SCC) around the first artificial insemination (A.I.) on conception rate (CR). FULL STORY »

The effectiveness of synch protocols in grazing operations

New research evaluated presynchronization and resynchronization protocols on grazing dairy cows at first and second service. The study compared the two reproductive methods and their effect on pregnancy rate through a 100-day breeding season. FULL STORY »

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