May 30 2024
This past February, I had the opportunity to speak at a series of meetings organized by the University of Wisconsin Extension reproduction and genetics work group that we called the “Reproduction...
Sept. 11 2023
In 2013, people were celebrating the birth of Prince George and the appointment of Pope Francis, watching “Frozen,” and enjoying Taylor Swift in her “Red” era
Aug. 7 2023
New genetic evaluations for dairy animals will be released on Tuesday, August 8, by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB)
July 18 2023
I have often felt there was an invisible wall between the beef and dairy industries, preventing them from communicating or learning from each other
July 3 2023
Embryo transfer (ET) has grown by 12% over the past two years in the dairy industry
May 22 2023
Selective breeding has delivered benefits that are part of our industry’s rich history of effective farming. These breeding methods have improved productivity while using fewer natural resources
April 6 2023
A record 9 million units of beef semen were sold to U.S. dairy farmers and cattle ranchers last year. This is an impressive number considering that sales stood at what was at that time a record 2.5 million...
Jan. 10 2023
Many A.I. studs are now offering straws of semen that contain sperm from multiple bulls. To understand the potential advantage of a mixed, or “heterospermic,” A.I. dose, let’s review...
July 11 2022
Farmers have their reasons for why they choose to milk a certain breed of cows, and each breed features unique and valued characteristics
Dec. 2 2021
The pregnancy rate of the herd might be the best indicator to describe the effectiveness of the reproductive program at a dairy farm
June 21 2021
Bob and Kay Zwald, the husband and wife team from Bomaz, Inc., Hammond, Wisconsin, are National Dairy Shrine’s Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award winner for 2021
Dec. 16 2019
Inbreeding is a complicated process. It has gained concern over the past decade as it’s become even easier to distribute sought-after genetics into more and more populations
Sept. 2 2019
While domestic dairy semen sales stagnated in 2018, domestic beef sales have exploded. The trend shows no sign of slowing in 2019
June 17 2019
The breeding age heifer contributes greatly to the future success of a dairy. She can also be the source of lost opportunities. Joe Dalton, University of Idaho, addressed the importance of getting young...
April 25 2018
Every dairy farmer is striving for the same thing: the prefect cow. She milks better than any other cow and her components are 5 percent fat and 4 percent protein. She’s obviously pretty
Feb. 5 2018
“In our breeding program, we try to maximize the potential of every mating,” explained Curtis Nolan
Dec. 12 2017
We all have something that makes our farm unique, and we all have differing ways of accomplishing our goals as dairy farmers
Oct. 31 2017
Most Halloween stories are told to a tune of scary music that leave you feeling frightened and weary. When given the choice of trick or treat, we will all typically choose treat
Jan. 11 2016
In some livestock species, multiple births are preferred, but that certainly is not the case in dairy cattle. "Nobody likes to have twins. Twins are an incredible problem," said Paul Fricke, a dairy cattle...
May 10 2012
Multiple options to consider when breeding heifers. One of your greatest assets should be your heifer population. Raising quality heifers starts with proper sire selection, good dry cow and late-gestation...