Reproduction

Reproduction

Interview

Happy cows, happy farmers

Published: 8/10/2011

“The most remarkable thing I have noticed is that after two months the farmers stop talking about heat detection. They start trusting the system more than their own observations. And from what I see they are right in doing so.”

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Breeding

Crossbreeding trials in California

Published: 1/16/2006 Written by: Brad Heins Leslie B. Hansen Tony Seykora

Dairy producers should not consider crossbreeding to be genetic improvement – it is not! Continuous use of progeny-tested and highly-ranked A.I. sires is the key to genetic improvement. Some dairy producers have viewed crossbreeding as a justification to turn to natural service bulls rather than A.I. That would be an unfortunate consequence of the new interest in crossbreeding.

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Breeding

Tips on selecting for longevity

Published: 12/13/2002 Written by: Alta Genetics

Productive Life (PL) and Herd Life (HL) are important measures that effect profitability and should be considered as part of an overall selection program

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Interview

Monitor your herd and get results

Published: 8/11/2011

"I think better control of the reproduction is the main advantage of the Herd Navigator. The ketosis warnings are also very useful, monitoring the energy balance of the fresh cows is very important, especially in large herds. And let's not forget that the time saving is significant,” says Annica Hansson, dairy production advisor in Sweden.

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Reproduction management

Heat detection analysis using an activity meter in grassland systems

Published: 4/19/2007 Written by: Pablo Giudice Rodolfo Murray

The objective of this study was to evaluate how the increase of detection of heats, through an activity meter system, can contribute to the reproductive performance on a dairy in grassland conditions.

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Reproduction management

Basics of reproductive function

Published: 2/15/2002 Written by: Milkproduction.com staff

Efficient management of the reproductive process is critical to overall dairy herd profitability and productivity. A thorough understanding of reproductive biology is essential to developing an effective reproductive management system. Maximal reproductive performance depends on high rates of heat detection and high conception rates. Effective heat detection requires a focused, structured program. Such a program can be developed using a variety of management tools.

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Other resources on Reproduction

  1. Canadian Dairy Network  »

Tools & Guides on Reproduction

  1. Breeding and genetics - DairyCo  »