Dairy Herd Management

A Winning Combo of Production & Reproduction

The Verhoef family of Ontario, Canada, attribute their herd’s high production and award-winning reproduction to their attention to detail and demand for perfection. Read on to learn about the animal management and repro protocols that earned this 240-cow dairy Platinum recognition in the International category of the GENEX Excellence in Genetics & Reproductions awards. Reinoud …

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Strassburgs Change Strategy and Drive Results

While putting even more intense focus on genetic improvement and managing the number of replacements produced, Strassburg Creek Dairy in northeast Wisconsin ramped up their reproduction program and earned Platinum recognition in the 500 to 2,000-cow category for this year’s Excellence in Reproduction & Genetics Awards. Learn more about their program and the changes they’ve …

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Discover the Award-Winning Repro Program at Truttmann Dairy

Truttmann Dairy, LLC in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, is the Platinum award winner for the less than 500-cow category of the GENEX Excellence in Genetics & Reproduction awards. Here they share details on the reproduction program that has enabled them to claim that Platinum award two years in a row! Truttmann Dairy, located in southern Wisconsin, is …

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Breeder Checkups Help Drive Repro Success

Today’s farm-employed breeders may be graduates of an artificial insemination (A.I.) school or may simply have received on-the-job training. Regardless, continual learning and evaluation is necessary to ensure ongoing breeding program success. The GENEX A.I. AccuCheckSM program was built for this purpose. It is aimed at observing, evaluating, educating and assisting herd inseminators so they …

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Dairies Honored for Excellence in Reproduction & Genetics

Join in celebrating the outstanding achievements of GENEX members & customers around the globe, as we announce the winners of this year’s Excellence in Reproduction & Genetics awards. These awards were first handed out in 2012, and each year the caliber of reproduction success and genetic merit have reached new and seemingly impossible levels of …

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Safeguard Your Herd From the Inside Out

Calves have an increased susceptibility to illness. Heifers and cows must maintain proper gut health to achieve feed efficiency and a productive lactation. Cue direct-fed microbials (DFMs). It’s long been proven that particular strains of bacteria support a healthy gut in cattle. Studies of Lactobacillus acidophilus (aka lactic acid bacteria) started in the 1920s, but …

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Celebrating 5 Years of the ICC$™ Index

Progressive producers requested a better way to rank sires that would create cows that excel in commercialconditions. In response, GENEX introduced the Ideal Commercial Cow™ (ICC$™) index for Holsteins in August 2014 and later added the ICC$™ index for Jerseys. While enhanced over time, this global index remains economic based, real-time and flexible. It utilizes …

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Make the Most out of the Most Important Meal Your Calf will Consume

Here are a few tips from SCCL, a leader in developing and producing innovative colostrum products, for knowing when and how to feed calves colostrum.  How do good colostrum feeding practices impact calf productivity? The single, most important meal your calves will consume in their lifetime is the first feeding of colostrum. However, the impact …

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