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Industry Insights

Stay up to date on all things ESTROTECT with our informative articles on animal health and management. From industry news and trends to tips and best practices, we have you covered.


Weighing up heat detection options

The general manager of breeding indicator company Estrotect, Boyd Dingus, says deciding which combination of heat detection aids to use is a matter of weighing up each tool’s effectiveness, its cost versus benefit, and ease of use. Tail paint “Tail paint is inexpensive and has been used as a heat detection aid for decades, however,…

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Sexed semen: An opportunity to capture more value for cattle

Breeding with sexed semen can help your bottom line by creating cattle the market demands.

Paving their way to genetic success

Aaron & Sarah Schmitz Red Line Ridge Holsteins and Jerseys | Ontario, WI | 40 cows

Three ways to maximize estrus detection for dairy herds

Breeding indicator patches help alleviate labor and uncertainty during breeding.

Mother-of-three with two dairy farms

That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, in conversation with Lorna Burdge, in a recent dairy farming segment.

Maximize estrus detection

Rapid genetic progress in the dairy industry ties to profitability, and profitability is often determined by longevity. A dairy heifer doesn’t pay for herself until the second lactation. So how does one ensure she stays in the herd through her second lactation and longer? Ensure she’ll become pregnant.

Podcast: Getting started in AI in commercial beef herds

The high cost of bulls, strong cattle prices and good seasonal conditions are driving an increase in the uptake of Artificial Insemination in commercial beef herds.

Take the Worry out of Your Timed AI Program

For folks who are used to heat detection or who have never used AI before, the idea of timed AI can be a little scary. I know of more than one producer who calls it “poke and hope.” Of course, the physiology of timed AI and estrus synchronization is quite a bit more sophisticated than that.

An Opportunity for Male Sexed Semen

Sexed or gender sorted semen has now been commercially available for beef and dairy cattle in the US for several years.

How to Increase Breeding Results With Sexed Semen

Advancements in artificial insemination (A.I.) for beef cattle have come a long way in the past few decades. One reproductive technology with the potential to improve management and bottom lines even further for producers is sexed semen.

Cash flow is king

From a year working on a farm, Chris progressed to four years as a manager and then as a couple with two young kids they took on a lower-order sharemilking contract for four years, followed by seven years in a 50:50 contract.

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