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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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Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace – and technology in the dairy industry is no exception. Some is considered “disruptive” technology, defined by Clayton Christensen of Harvard University as a process or product that takes root in simple applications at the bottom of the market and then relentlessly moves “up market,” eventually displacing established competitors.

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Dairy producers continue to face increasing feed costs, which mandate caution when deciding how money is to be spent.

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Could reproductive performance be holding your dairy back? The primary reason for poor reproduction is the inability to determine which dairy cows are in heat and which cows are ready to be bred.

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Over time the knowledge and ability necessary to get cows bred have taken tremendous strides forward, bringing with them greater on-farm success.

Reproductive success takes effort from every angle of the dairy and starts with an understanding of pregnancy rate and the factors which impact it most.

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Cows like it cool and they’re most comfortable and perform best when the air temperature is below 20°C. When temperatures get above 20°C for extended periods of time, a cow’s hormone levels change, altering her behaviour and decreasing her ability to get pregnant.

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Ultrasound is being used on an increasing number of dairy cattle around the U.S. It is most often thought of as a means of early pregnancy diagnosis or, more importantly, early “open cow” diagnosis.

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