New Electronic Reproductive Management Encyclopedia Now Available
George W. Smith
Dept. of Animal Science
The impact of poor conception rates on dairy farm efficiency and profitability cannot be underestimated. However, on-farm materials to assist training of personnel in the fundamentals of reproductive management, such as artificial insemination, detection of estrus, synchronization of ovulation, and pregnancy diagnosis, can be limited. Now, such information is only a few keystrokes away. Animal scientists at Michigan State University have developed a new free online teaching tool that provides tutorials on the above topics and other key aspects of reproductive management of dairy cattle.
The Virtual Dairy Cattle Encyclopedia of Reproduction available at <http://www.canr.msu.edu/vdcer> features over 400 pages of readily accessible information with vivid photographs, illustrations, videos, and diagrams on the reproductive physiology of dairy cattle and instruction on procedures integral to successful reproductive management.
Topics covered in this online resource include the fundamentals of reproductive physiology, detection and synchronization of estrus, artificial insemination, economic impact of reproductive efficiency, reproductive management strategies, pregnancy diagnosis, ultrasonography, embryo transfer, and biotechnology. A comprehensive glossary of important terms utilized in the tutorials also is included on the Web site as well as a self test at the end of each tutorial to test knowledge of principles covered.
The Virtual Dairy Cattle Encyclopedia of Reproduction was created as the educational component of a large USDA Initiative for Agricultural and Food Systems Competitive Grant awarded to investigators from Michigan State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University focused on enhanced dairy farm efficiency and profitability. It is intended to serve as an online resource and teaching tool for producers, veterinarians, farm personnel, and students interested in reproductive management of dairy cattle.
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