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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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Hear from bovine specialist Reg Clinton, DVM, during the 2016 London Dairy Congress in London, Ontario. He presented a workshop on artificial insemination, offering participants hands-on instruction on the anatomy and physiology of bovine reproduction. Clinton is with the Kirkton Veterinary Professional Corporation in Kirkton, Ontario.

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On Feb. 13, 42 western Canadian producers and a few WestGen staff boarded a red-eye flight in Toronto bound for Sao Paulo. The participants in the first international WestGen dairy tour had signed up to see dairies and cattle breeding operations, and to enjoy the sites and attractions offered by the fifth largest milk producing nation in the world.

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In all aspects of your farming and dairy operation, you are applying increased precision to accomplish tasks, leaving less to chance and directing resources to where the return on investment will be greatest.

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Note: This information was presented during a Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council webinar in 2015.

Anovular cows – those that are not cycling – are a significant concern and management challenge for dairy producers, as the incidence rate is quite significant.

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Trace minerals are critical for adequate immune function and metabolism in dairy cattle. Research shows that trace minerals have antioxidant functions and may help reduce the level of oxidative stress postpartum as well as improve immune response to vaccines.

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Creating extra heifers provides you many intriguing options – the option to expand, the option to sell extra heifers and the option to sell your low-producing cows.

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