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Review Semen Handling Practices During Cold Weather
Cold shock during handling damages sperm cells and decreases fertility. To minimize cold shock:

  • Catch animal in heat before thawing semen
  • Thaw semen and load gun in a warm room
  • Before loading gun, warm insemination gun by rubbing briskly with a paper towel
  • Wrap assembled gun in clean paper towel and place in your clothing close to your body to keep warm when traveling to animal

(G.Heersche, UK Dairy Website)


Winter Feeding and Mangement Practices for Dairy Calves

Winter Feeding and Management Practices for Dairy Calves

Dairy calves are very sensitive to the colder, fall and winter temperatures and, as such, feeding and management practices need to be tweaked to help calves deal with these cooler temperatures.  

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Monitor Open Dairy Cows

Monitor Open Dairy Cows


The most important controllable component in a breeding program is to identify open cows and to do something about getting them pregnant.

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Improving and Maintaining Cow Comfort

Improving and Maintaining Cow Comfort


Cow comfort is often listed as one of the most important aspects associated with getting dairy cows to milk to their genetic potential economically.  

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Management Protocols Important in Preventing Lameness in Dairy Cattle

With any disease, prevention is “worth its weight in gold”.  This concept is extremely important as it pertains to preventing lameness through the implementation of sound management practices.  

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