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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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As I’m writing this on a bright, sunny day in October, with the temperature outside a pleasant 18ºC, it pains me to realize the cold-weather season is once again right around the corner.

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Operating a business without a plan is like going on a road trip without directions. A wanderlust attitude might lead to some interesting paths, but it will not get you to your destination quickly or efficiently.

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Estrus detection in dairy cattle is one of the biggest issues in the dairy industry, contributing to an annual loss of $300 million in the dairy industry for failed estrus detection due to prolonged calving intervals and days open, losses in milk production, increased veterinary costs, etc.

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A heifer doesn’t generate revenue for the farm until she starts putting milk in the bulk tank. Up until she begins her first lactation, estimates are that the average heifer costs $2.50 per day to raise.

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Holstein Canada recently awarded a second Master Breeder shield to a man who has had a great impact on the industry in Canada and around the world. Albert Cormier grew up on a dairy farm in Prince Edward Island, where he developed a keen interest in breeding Holstein cattle.

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The following data represents statistics and trends in Canadian dairy cattle breeding.

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