Category: Research

Sync programs can greatly improve pregnancy rate

Craig Roerick, University of Minnesota Dairy Extension Reproduction on a dairy farm can be a challenge for producers even with the best of practices. There are numerous factors that affect reproductive efficiency including heat detection rate, semen quality, AI technique, nutrition, low fertility, cow health, labor, and other dairy management practices. Many producers have found Read More

Production and performance standards for growing Holstein heifers

by Hugh Chester-Jones and Neil Broadwater, University of Minnesota Recently, a team of producers, contract growers, consultants and industry representatives across the United States, who are members of the National Dairy Calf and Heifer Association** (DCHA), developed guidelines termed as “Gold Standards” for Holstein calves and heifers outlining categories of production and performance expectations. Further Read More

Sustainability is a Wicked Problem

By Jim Paulson, Extension Dairy Educator I recently attended an American Dairy Science Association Discovery conference titled: “Sustainability in the Dairy Industry”. It was one of the most interesting conferences I have ever attended. It generated a lot of discussion on many aspects of the dairy industry and on the definition of sustainability over all. Read More

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