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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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Technological advancement is transforming our society at a breathtaking pace. Several formerly utopian technologies have become democratized in recent years and are now essential for the survival of businesses.

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That semen tank sitting in the corner of the barn office or vet room generally goes unnoticed except for the times you are pulling out a dose of semen from one of your favourite sires.

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From stud to straw, and all the way to the milking string, a recent bus tour in the U.S. Midwest showcased each step of the process of creating elite genetics.

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Twinning rates are on the rise for high-production cows, and you don’t have to look hard or long to see that is bad news, says Paul Fricke, professor of dairy science at the University of Wisconsin.

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The rapid rate of genetic progress may leave some dairy producers questioning the risks and rewards of inbreeding and how to manage it at a herd level.

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When reproduction rates drop, it’s easy to point the finger at your breeder. Naturally, we want to assign blame; finding the source of the issue means we can work toward a solution that much faster.

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