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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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Today, dairies of all sizes everywhere are looking for tools that maximize both efficiency and profitability. One of the fastest ways to accomplish both while making rapid genetic and reproductive improvement is with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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These days, if you use A.I. sires as opposed to natural service, it’s practically impossible not to make genetic progress. The bulls offered by A.I. companies are of such caliber that, for the most part, genetic progress heads in one direction – upwards. However, the rate at which a herd makes progress is highly variable.

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Do the continually changing industry selection indexes and recent genetic base change have you questioning what that means for your genetic plan?

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With the arrival of lower-cost genomic testing options, an increasing number of registered purebred and commercial producers are using these tools for routine sorting and selection applications.

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Pregnancy losses are extensive in lactating dairy cattle. In fact, in many cases these losses are underestimated because of the challenges that exist on-farm to accurately determine conception early after insemination.

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Long-term trends suggest the dairy industry has a mixed record when it comes to maintaining the health of our cows. On the one hand, we have seen a substantial decline in somatic cell counts.

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