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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 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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Dairy cow fertility has improved significantly over the past 10 to 15 years. Recent U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that on most farms, 21-day pregnancy rates are on the rise, with many herds achieving 20 percent or better on a regular basis.

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Chronic diarrhea. Weakness. Low bodyweight. Loss of appetite. Death. For decades, Holstein calves not responding to treatment left animal health professionals perplexed while costing dairy farmers worldwide countless dollars in veterinary care and losses.

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