Reproductive Technologies

Using Activity Monitors to Predict Ovulation & Get Cows Pregnant

Synchronization protocols have become a great tool for many breeding programs, but most would probably abandon them in a heartbeat if there was another effective way to consistently predict ovulation and pinpoint the perfect time to breed cows. Activity monitors may provide a solution. FULL STORY »

How to use genomic testing

Genomics is a game-changing tool that works best when you are committed to recordkeeping, good management and long-term improvement of your herd’s genetic potential. FULL STORY »

Do your homework before investing in precision dairy farming

Many precision dairy farming technologies exist. A new fact sheet provides questions to think about before you make the investment. FULL STORY »

Participate in cow-monitoring technology survey

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are conducting a survey to better understand dairy producer technology needs. They want to hear from you, even if you don't use cow-monitoring technologies on your farm. FULL STORY »

Genomics webinar is Jan. 14

The webinar, hosted by eXtension, will review genomic technology and implementation, comparisons of early genomic predictions to actual daughter proofs, a discussion of inbreeding, and how genomics can be used as a herd management tool. FULL STORY »

Drought increases importance of selection decisions

Genetic technologies, used early in an animal’s life, are important tools that can help you manage feed costs and assure genetic progress for future profitability. FULL STORY »

Reduce time spent making breeding choices

Herd breeding decisions can be simplified without sacrificing progress by using a program approach that utilizes genomic insights. FULL STORY »

New technologies, outreach boost dairy cattle fertility

Increasing the reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by getting the highest possible number of cows pregnant in the same period of time has always been a challenge for the industry. FULL STORY »

Guidelines for whole-herd BVD testing

Cutting out BVD testing may produce short-term financial savings, but could have devastating, long-term consequences. The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council offers guidelines for whole-herd BVD control programs. FULL STORY »

Timeline highlights key reproductive advances

A timeline compiled by the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council highlights key historical events, research findings and on-farm implementation of reproductive technology in the dairy industry. 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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