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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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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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It’s been noted over and over. Good heifer reproductive performance is essential to overall herd performance and profitability.

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Early in 2012, Peartome Holsteins of Haldimand County, Ontario, joined the ranks of an elite few when it received its third Master Breeder shield from Holstein Canada.

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