Reproductive Technologies

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 »

New strategies for heifer reproduction

A significant aspect of proper heifer rearing is good reproductive management. At the 2010 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minn., Ricardo Chebel, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota explored new strategies available for reproductive management of dairy heifers. FULL STORY »

AI teaching tool available

This CD is a good first step in learning the basics of the insemination process and would make a nice addition to your dairy’s reference and training library. It is available in English and Spanish versions and offers an overview of the tools and procedures needed to understand artificial insemination in dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Finding a cow's inner dairyness

Much of the industry’s excitement about genomic screening has focused on having a new way to spot the same traits measured by progeny testing—like a cow’s potential for producing milk, butterfat and protein. But genomics promises a much richer lode of data, such as genetic predisposition to infertility, or resistance to disease, or how efficiently a cow converts feed into milk. FULL STORY »

Genomic scan identifies QTL influencing female fertility

Danish and Swedish Holstein grandsire data was used to locate quantitative trait loci (QTL) involved with fertility traits. FULL STORY »

Reproductive decision-making widgets

These new tools can help you make better reproductive management decisions on your dairy. FULL STORY »

Timed AI breeding programs pay

The cost of feeding natural service sires is a big economic factor to consider. FULL STORY »

Minnesota legislature looks to legalize raw milk

Minnesotans may be able to buy raw milk products at farmers markets and private homes if proposed legislation is passed by state lawmakers. FULL STORY »

Advance your reproductive knowledge

Sign up for this in-depth training that can help improve reproductive performance on your farm. FULL STORY »

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