March 10 2017
Not everyone likes Mondays. I do because it is preg check day at our Kansas State Dairy. It is the culmination of a lot of effort made by everyone on the dairy farm
Feb. 27 2017
Ultimately, the economically optimal pregnancy rate depends on many herd specific factors, but especially the costs associated with making the management changes that result in an increased pregnancy rate
Feb. 10 2017
Often we fail to take time to sit back and contemplate progress . . . to compare where we are with where we were
Jan. 13 2017
“A reproductive update" webinar by Jeff Stevenson, Kansas State University. Should you be tweaking your reproductive program to improve efficiency?
Jan. 3 2017
My kids went back to school today after their Christmas vacation, but our other Christmas break is still going. Our other Christmas break is a six-week break from calving
Dec. 26 2016
“There are no shortcuts,” said Steve Paider with Seidl Mountain View Dairy. “With any breeding and synchronization program you use, timing of protocols is critical and must be followed...
Dec. 19 2016
“I am sure as science and nutritional advances evolve, we will evaluate and incorporate new technologies and strategies,” said Dale Mattoon, a Platinum winner of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction...
Dec. 12 2016
“To ensure we stay on track, we monitor a number of vital reproductive performance metrics,” explained Roger Dunn, who lives in Coudersport, Pa
Dec. 5 2016
“We use PC Dart for our record keeping. We record all calvings, breedings, and drying off,” noted Ed Pfeifer regarding his family’s Bucyrus, Ohio, farm that won Platinum honors
Nov. 28 2016
“Nutrition plays a key role in our reproductive success,” said Brian Brown of SunBurst Dairy near Belleville, Wis
Nov. 21 2016
“We do not use sexed semen on cows. However, our heifers get two services to sexed semen,” said Kurt Magnan. “If they do not settle from two services of sexed semen, they get bred to...
Nov. 15 2016
One of the most important economic factors that determines a milking herd’s profitability is the average days in milk (DIM). That parameter obviously depends on getting the cow pregnant early
Nov. 15 2016
A record 128 herds were nominated from 18 U.S. states and Canadian provinces for this year’s ninth annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council awards competition
Nov. 14 2016
“We do not have or use live bulls on our dairy. Cows that are difficult breeders are usually double-bred and some are even given GnRH,” said Steve Paider with Seidl Mountain View Dairy
Nov. 9 2016
One of the most important economic factors that determines a milking herd’s profitability is the average days in milk (DIM). That parameter obviously depends on getting the cow pregnant early in...
Nov. 7 2016
“We place postfresh cows, 1 to 45 days in milk, into one of two groups: first-lactation only and second-lactation and greater cows,” said Dale Mattoon, a Platinum Winner
Sept. 19 2016
by Seidel, Elsden & Hasler. Embryo transfer in dairy cattle has been updated throughout with new information on sexing embryos, sexing semen, cloning, marketing, as well as the basics and economics of...
Sept. 19 2016
by Spahr & Opperman. Second edition, this book features the major players, human and bovine from 1975 to 1995. Over 180 pictures. Key sire lines and female families for each breed. Copyright 1995
Sept. 19 2016
Gestation & Interval Calculator gives calf due dates; keeps tabs on intervals between services, calving to first heat, to fine-tune reproductive management
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