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?
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
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
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
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?
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!!!