Jan. 10 2024
Wearable animal monitoring technology helps some farms identify when cows are in heat and ready to be inseminated
Dec. 12 2023
Using technology to understand fertility in dairy cowsRonaldo Cerri, University of British Columbia
Dec. 4 2023
Reproduction in dairy cattle has come a long way in recent decades. Herds regularly reach pregnancy rates much better than previous generations
Nov. 30 2023
Not all cows react the same way to the same environment or action. There are slight physiological, genetic, and maintenance variations that cause some animals to thrive where others struggle
Nov. 24 2023
Implementing an activity monitoring system is a serious investment for a dairy farm. That can be paid back by saving labor costs on heat detection and getting cows bred at the right time
Nov. 22 2023
Over the past 30 years, the dairy industry has seen substantial improvement in the reproductive success of our herds
Sept. 27 2023
The weather is cooling, the leaves are starting to turn, and football is back. For dairy enthusiasts, that all means two things: corn silage harvest is underway or complete, and World Dairy Expo will be...
April 18 2023
Fertilization rates range from 55% to 88% in high-producing dairy cows, resulting in calving rates of 30% or less following a single A.I. Pregnancy loss remains a major factor inhibiting reproductive performance...
April 13 2023
Achieving excellent reproductive performance is a critical management goal that impacts milk production and therefore dairy farm profitability. The good news is that we have witnessed an unprecedented...
Feb. 27 2023
From a management perspective, having a broad lens and putting pieces together is critical to tackle inefficiencies and take advantage of opportunities. Do not limit yourself to evaluating heat detection...
Dec. 12 2022
Back to the basics: Semen handling and tank management Presented by Joe Dalton, University of Idaho sponsored by Select Sires After semen purchase, sire fertility is in the hands of the produ
Nov. 10 2022
Location matters — in real estate, business, and A.I. During natural service, a mature bull deposits 8 to 10 billion sperm in the anterior vagina, near the cervix of the cow. One of the advantages...
Sept. 14 2022
Appropriate semen storage and handling is critical to the success of A.I. The liquid nitrogen semen storage tank actually consists of two tanks, with a smaller tank housed inside a larger tank
Aug. 29 2022
This July, USDA estimated there were 3.75 million dairy heifers over 500 pounds on farms across the United States
Aug. 10 2022
To all the avid Hoard’s Dairyman readers out there — thank you! Over the nearly 15 years since graduate school, I’ve written articles for different publications
July 8 2022
We know that inbreeding rates accelerated after the introduction of genomic selection in 2009. Part of this shift is simply because we are turning our generations over more rapidly, which raises inbre
June 6 2022
One of the three largest expenses on a dairy farm is raising replacements, and the greatest cost in that category is the feed it takes to get a heifer from birth to first lactation
May 10 2022
Most dairy farms today collect data by which they attempt to make informed decisions about how to manage their herds
Feb. 17 2022
Heat detection on our farm got more technical yet simpler over time