Reproductive Management

Enhancing the fertility of lactating dairy cows

Infertility of the lactating dairy cow continues to be a critical problem limiting profitability and sustainability of dairy farms. Reproductive performance of lactating dairy cows is dependent upon service rate (or estrus detection rate), fertility of the service sire, and maternal fertility. FULL STORY »

Monitor your herd’s pregnancy rate

Pregnancy Rate (PR) is a key performance indicator for reproductive performance in dairy herds. It is defined as the percentage of cows eligible to become pregnant that actually do become pregnant in a given time period. FULL STORY »

Assessing ultrasound’s impact on dairy cattle reproduction

Technology continues to revolutionize the way tasks are completed on the dairy, including your ability to get cows bred. One tool that has grown in use is ultrasound. Learn more about how this tool has enhanced dairy reproductive programs. FULL STORY »

Troubleshooting common reproductive challenges

Managing reproductive challenges on-farm can often leave producers feeling like detectives. FULL STORY »

Treating dairy cow infertility with intrafollicular insemination

Low fertility in dairy cattle has prompted new research evaluating intrafollicular insemination (IFI) as an alternative to common artificial insemination (A.I.) practices. IFI is based on direct introduction of sperm to a pre-ovulatory follicle. FULL STORY »

Help to sort through synchronization protocols

It can be a challenge to keep the various synchronization protocols straight in your mind, let alone successfully implement them on your dairy. To help you and your management team more effectively manage your farm’s reproductive performance, a group of dairy reproductive experts have created a dairy synchronization protocol fact sheet. The two-page document outlines established synchronization protocols, making it an excellent resource tool for your reproductive toolbox. FULL STORY »

Use behavior to determine stage of estrous cycle

Researchers in Norway recently completed a study evaluating behavior associated with standing estrus in lactating dairy cows, in addition to the behavioral changes during a complete estrous cycle. The research was reported in the March 2011 Journal of Dairy Science. FULL STORY »

Time to review sire selection criteria

Updated genetic evaluations for dairy cattle were released in early April, 2011. Now is the time to review selection criteria for service sires. FULL STORY »

Transition heat stress

Heat stress on dairy cows is always a concern. It can be extra discomforting to cows “in transition” during those three or so weeks ahead of calving. FULL STORY »

Reproduction analysis: Can you afford to skip it?

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” That statement has clear application in any business and shows the management team if they are moving towards or away from their goals. FULL STORY »

Still manually tracking cows in synch programs?

If you still manage your herd’s dairy records by hand, be aware that computers can make your job easier. FULL STORY »

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