Reproductive Technologies

DCRC annual meeting to feature roundtable on activity monitoring technology

The 2011 DCRC Annual Meeting will include a unique technology session highlighting the industry’s advancements in activity monitoring systems and their benefit to dairy cattle reproduction. FULL STORY »

An economic comparison of reproductive programs

Suboptimal reproductive performance leads to extended days open, increased culling due to reproductive failure, and decreased milk yield. Many factors influence the reproductive and productive performance of dairy herds, consequently, profitability. Choosing the most effective reproductive protocol for a given herd is a critical managerial decision. FULL STORY »

Reproductive protocol proves effective in increasing heifer conception rates

To examine the effectiveness of synchronization protocols in heifers, research at the University of Florida compared the effectiveness of different timed-A.I. protocols in Holstein heifers. FULL STORY »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Student’s device monitors dairy cows for efficient breeding

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports a dairy science student at Cal Poly has used a device to monitor a cow’s health and increase pregnancy rates. 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 »

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 »

Analyze the economics of your dairy’s reproductive program

Quickly, what is the cost-benefit of improving your 21-day pregnancy rate from 15 percent to 20 percent? Not many farmers can accurately answer that off the top of their head. But that information can be critical to your profitability. To help calculate the right response for your farm, check out the “Dairy Reproductive Economic Analysis” tool from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. FULL STORY »

Genetic progress forges ahead

The modern dairy cow is a remarkable feat of genetic progress. Check out this podcast for more of University of Wisconsin Extension Dairy Geneticist Kent Weigel’s perspective on how dairy genetics work on the farm, new genetic technologies and what the genetic future holds. FULL STORY »

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