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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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Economics and efficiency are buzzwords in the dairy industry. All the time, we hear the newest technology available that will save time, labour and money. As the next generation comes back to farm, there are always ideas and new ways to make improvements.

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Goreland Farms, Carrying Place, Prince Edward County, Ontario, has been in the Pulver family for six generations.

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Editor’s note: This is the final article of a two-part series about how to investigate and, if necessary, change a herd’s reproductive performance. Click here to view the first article.

A variety of approaches and details on how to monitor and evaluate reproductive records have been described elsewhere.

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Dairy producers often overlook their heifer reproduction program due to the assumption that their heifer reproduction is doing well. When compared to lactating dairy cattle, this assumption is probably correct; however, heifer reproduction can be improved on most dairies and save dairies a substantial amount of money.

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The economics of the dairy industry today continue to squeeze the bottom line of every operation. Naturally, expenses and feed rations have been under tremendous scrutiny by every business manager.

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Uterine infections are the bane of a dairy cow’s reproductive efficiency. That’s because these infections can lead to reproductive challenges, including greater days open and lower pregnancy rates – which often lead to cows prematurely leaving the herd.

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