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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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The discussion around increasing productive lifespan is not new. With tight margins, very high feed costs and a limited increase in milk prices, it is essential to fine-tune every aspect of your dairy operation to make sure your farm is profitable and sustainable.

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Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley is not known to be a major dairy hub, but those familiar with the area will know it is full of small-town charm, artisan goods and businesses catering to the tourists who flock year-round to experience the laid-back lifestyle and bounty of recreational pursuits the region offers.

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Training and working with many A.I. technicians – both herdspeople, inseminators and professional inseminators – reveals common mistakes that should be avoided.

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A successful breeding protocol keeps a herd at the top of its reproductive game.

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Voluntary waiting period (VWP) is more than just an arbitrary time frame. Even under the most ideal of circumstances, parturition is undeniably among the most strenuous activities an animal can undergo.

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The reproductive health of dairy cows is one of the most important factors influencing dairy herd efficiency. As we continue to genetically select our cows to produce higher quantities of milk, research has shown that we are inadvertently decreasing cow fertility as we prolong the calving interval to maintain this high production.

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