Where We Are Coming From: The Problem
For decades dairy production systems have faced the challenge of attaining adequate fertility levels. Insufficient reproductive performance will result on reductions on the proportion of cows at their peak production period, increments in insemination costs, and delayed genetic progress. Moreover, impaired fertility is one of the most frequent reasons for culling and increased days open are associated with a greater risk of death or culling in the subsequent lactation.
An historical trend for …
Take Home Messages
- The completion of the Human Genome Project, along with DNA sequencing of numerous other species has facilitated a flurry of genomic research.
- Scientists are currently investigating how SNPs are associated with disease in humans and animals, along with production traits and fertility in livestock.
- Genomic testing has been embraced by people to study their own health traits and ancestry, and to select for cattle that best fit the herd management strategy.
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Reproductive success is vital to the profitability and sustainability of any dairy farm. Good management practices are an important component of running an effective reproduction program, and these five videos can help improve management and decision-making. From economic tools to troubleshooting, learn more with DAIReXNET.
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Dairy Reproduction: Identifying Problems and Solutions for Your Herd
Many dairies experience difficulty in their reproduction programs, and a wide range …
In English: Handle Sexed Semen with Care to Maximize Heifer Fertility
Los productores lecheros, encargados del hato, veterinarios y consultores monitorean datos de producción, eventos de salud y el cumplimiento de los protocolos de reproducción en forma regular; sin embargo, muy poco tiempo se utiliza en evaluar el almacenamiento y manejo del semen. Desafortunadamente, este puede ser un descuido crítico dado que cada programa de Inseminación Artificial (IA) comienza con un manejo de semen adecuado.
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “Genética”, “Genómica”, y “Genoma”?”
La genética es una rama de biología enfocada en la herencia y la variación de los organismos. En términos más simples, la genética se centra en las características o rasgos que se transmiten de padres a hijos, de una generación a otra.
La genómica es una disciplina científica enfocada en el mapeo genético, la secuenciación de ADN, y el análisis del genoma completo de un organismo, incluyendo organizar los resultados en …
Despite the widespread adoption of hormonal synchronization protocols that allow for timed artificial insemination (TAI), detection of behavioral estrus continues to play an important role in the overall reproductive management program on most dairies in the United States (Caraviello et al., 2006; Miller et al., 2007).
Several challenges for estrous detection on farms include attenuation of the duration of estrous behavior associated with increased milk production near the time of estrus resulting in shorter periods of time …
Dairy farm profitability depends on a herd’s reproductive performance, but this relationship is complex. Farmers and consultants can easily assess reproductive performance by benchmarking pregnancy rate (i.e., 21-d pregnancy rate) or other reproductive metrics, but they find it difficult to measure the economic impact (e.g., profitability) of changes in reproductive outcomes, alternative reproductive management programs, or reproductive management decisions that affect individual cows. This paper presents a decision support tool that may assist dairy farm managers in making better …
en Español: Maneje el Semen Sexado con Cuidado para Maximar le Fertilidad de las Novillas
Dairy producers, herd managers, veterinarians, and consultants monitor production data, health events, and reproductive protocol compliance regularly; however, little time is spent evaluating semen storage and handling. Unfortunately, this can be a critical oversight, as every successful artificial insemination (AI) program begins with proper semen handling.
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En Español: Lista de Chequeo de Aspectos Nutricionales para Mejorar la Eficiencia Reproductiva
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Almost all dairy farmers would like to improve the reproductive efficiency of their dairy herd, but they must manage many aspects to achieve this goal, including the nutritional program. The feeding program during the dry period, for the fresh cows, and throughout …