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A.I. & BREEDING

From estrus and heat detection to genomics and sexed semen, discover the latest information to improve reproductive performance.

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Researchers have developed many management protocols and technologies that can be used to increase efficiencies of production on the dairy. One of these tools is advanced reproductive technologies.

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It has been 20 years since the Ovsynch program was released to the industry. Since then, a lot has been learned about improving fertility, and 21-day pregnancy rates have increased from 14 percent to more than 30 percent.

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The revolution towards robotic milking of cows in Canada continues unabated. What might once have appeared a luxurious fad to many has become mainstream, with 7 percent of all farms nationwide now using robots to milk cows.

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Dairy producers find themselves in a precarious situation these days. Faced with a growing world population, dwindling natural resources and actions guided by the social, ethical and environmental dictates of public opinion, they are under great pressure to produce more with less.

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The ability to actively choose the gender of the calf to be born is now a reality on dairy farms. Indeed, the last 10 years have seen rapid evolution in semen-sexing technologies.

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There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind; Holsteins are getting bigger. Problems related to larger animals can include higher maintenance, more injury, issues fitting in existing stalls, increased calving difficulties and more.

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