After I fawned over the cute calves, and fell in love with that guy I married, the first real passion I found on our dairy farm was genetics. A decade … Continue reading Why Do Dairy Farmers Use Artificial Insemination?
In Synch: Breeding Cows using Synch Protocols
Last week we bred eight cows and six heifers. This is a pretty high number for our herd, but we’re breeding all heats in an effort to get ahead before … Continue reading In Synch: Breeding Cows using Synch Protocols
Two weeks ago, I pulled up to the barn before I headed out the driveway to work. I spotted number 1106 and couldn’t help but shed quite a few tears … Continue reading Tough Decisions
Heifers Having Heifers
You may remember that we were trying out a technology called sexed semen, but we had limited success with our first go-around. Not easily discouraged, though, we forged ahead with … Continue reading Heifers Having Heifers
AI Breeding Goals
If you know me well, or follow me on twitter, you probably know that I put a lot into our breeding program. I spend a lot of time selecting bulls … Continue reading AI Breeding Goals
A lot goes into operating a dairy farm. We work hard, but we couldn’t do it without the support services of many others. This post isn’t all-inclusive, but it highlights … Continue reading Supporting Cast
Is it hot in here?
In the last post about our pregnancy tests and results, I mentioned that we determined pregnancies, or lack-there-of, by observing heats. It occurred to me that not everyone reading probably … Continue reading Is it hot in here?
It’s Going to be a Girl!!!
No, we are not expecting…and actually, we will hopefully have several girls. Confused yet? This week we purchased our first sorted semen! If you’re not as excited as I am … Continue reading It’s Going to be a Girl!!!