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Producers gain applicable reproductive knowledge

Sixteen producers from several provinces gained applicable knowledge on reproductive strategies at the Alta Dairy Manager School held in Ottawa, ON December 5-7, 2018.

In this intense, 2.5-day course, participants learned through a mix of classroom sessions and on-farm training. They studied the newest, research-based ideas in reproduction in a small class setting. This set-up allowed everyone to ask the real questions that relate to their own farm’s current situations and future goals. Participants left the training with real ideas they could implement on their farms to improve their herd reproduction and profitability.

Dairy Manager School presenters included Dr. Luís Mendonça, Dr. Glaucio Lopes and Chris Rember.

Dr. Luís Mendonça presents to participants during the Canadian Dairy Manager School on reproduction
Dr. Luís Mendonça presents to participants during the Canadian Dairy Manager School on reproduction.
Dairy Manager School participants learn herd reproductive strategies during the on-farm portion of the school.
Dairy Manager School participants learn herd reproductive strategies during the on-farm portion of the school.
Chris Rember, Alta Genetics Elite Account Manager, shares advice on heifer reproduction during the December 2018 Alta Dairy Manager School.
Chris Rember, Alta Genetics Elite Account Manager, shares advice on heifer reproduction during the December 2018 Alta Dairy Manager School.
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What’s a fertility leader?

Have you ever really thought about what’s involved to get highly fertile semen from the bull to your tank, and then into your cows or heifers? Fertility leadership is backed by the Alta people, processes and programs involved in every step.

PEOPLE

Fertility excellence is what drives our team! We hire and extensively train only those who share a commitment and passion to your herd’s reproductive success. From semen collection and evaluation to distribution and delivery, our barn and lab staff, veterinarians, distribution crew, technicians, and sales force are all committed to help you get cows pregnant.

PROCESSES

We deliver the highest quality semen through continual innovation. Our scientists on staff are always looking for the best ways to enhance semen quality through extender research, potency trials, and more. We implement the same, strict semen handling processes and quality control checks at each of our AI centers located in six different countries around the world.

PROGRAMS

We choose the industry’s leading sire fertility evaluation, CONCEPT PLUS, as the only way to measure Alta sire fertility. CONCEPT PLUS is based on pregnancy check results from DairyComp data in our large, progressive partner dairies. We update results every other month for the most reliable sire fertility information – and we’re transparent about which bulls offer superior or inferior fertility.

You can trust CONCEPT PLUS.

Twenty years ago, we challenged traditional fertility evaluations to align with the real needs of progressive herds: creating efficient pregnancies. CONCEPT PLUS goes above and beyond today’s industry evaluations to bring you the most trusted, accurate, and proven designation in sire fertility.

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Take your herd’s reproduction to the next level

You have the unique opportunity to learn from industry experts on dairy cattle reproduction!

That means you can ask the real questions that apply to your own farm when you enroll in the Alta Dairy Manager School to be held December 5-7, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Dairy Manager School is a 2.5-day training that helps you, as a dairy farm owner or manager, gain tangible takeaways to improve in one management area within your herd, so you can see a measurable return on investment.

In this reproduction-focused Dairy Manager School, you will get to

  • Learn through a mix of classroom sessions and on-farm training
  • Hear the newest, research-based ideas in this ever-changing dairy industry
  • Ask the real questions that relate to your own farm’s repro situation
  • Guide the discussion to learn what it takes to maximize profit potential on your dairy
  • Learn from world class experts, Dr. Luís Mendonça, and Dr. Glaucio Lopes

We limit the number of participants, so you can get the most from the class. This interactive setting is designed to purposefully foster engagement with both the instructors and your classmates.

Image of the flier to promote the December 2018 Canadian Alta Dairy Manager School focused on reproduction

For more details on this Dairy Manager School, download the flier HERE.

Talk to your trusted Alta advisor to enroll today!

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Introducing the All-New Alta 511 CONCEPT PLUS

If you’ve used sexed semen on your dairy, you already know that sexed semen fertility is not the same as conventional semen fertility. It’s no secret that individual bulls may perform differently as conventional semen than they do as sexed semen.

Millions of pregnancy check records in the CONCEPT PLUS database confirm these differences in sire fertility between conventional and sexed semen.

Based on research from our product development team, you now have access to the all-new 511 CONCEPT PLUS ratings! This designation tells you which sires give you the best chance at creating pregnancies with Alta511 SexedULTRA sires.

On an individual bull page, look for the purple 511 CONCEPT PLUS logo to know which bulls offer the best chance at creating a female pregnancy.

CONCEPT PLUS sires still tell us which bulls provide the highest conception rates using conventional semen. The new development around sexed semen fertility just gives you a more precise way to know which bulls best fit your genetic plan and strategy.

We trust the data behind CONCEPT PLUS more than any other sire fertility evaluation because:

  • IT’S COMPLETE
    • CONCEPT PLUS accounts for the effect a technician or breeding code can play on a sire’s fertility within a given herd.
    • Data is collected from US and Canadian herds, and not limited to US herds on official test.
  • IT’S CURRENT
    • We collect current pregnancy check results through DairyComp from our partner herds and include only information from the past two years to designate CONCEPT PLUS sires.
  • IT’S CONSISTENT
    • Data is only gathered from progressive, large-herd environments, where management is consistent, contemporary group sizes are large, and repro programs are aggressive.

 

For more details on the all-new 511 CONCEPT PLUS sexed sire fertility evaluation, work with your trusted Alta advisor today.

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Canadian dairy producers learn reproductive improvement strategies

Nineteen dairy producers from three different provinces joined together for Canada’s second Dairy Manager School of 2018.

Through both classroom-based and on-farm learning, the training participants learned progressive strategies for improving their herd’s reproductive performance. Dr. Paul Fricke and Glaucio Lopes led talks about reproductive physiology and protocols, reproductive precision through activity monitoring, heifer reproduction, and how to effectively analyze and interpret reproductive records.

A visit to Dairi-Acres farm gave participants the opportunity to see all areas of management. They also used this stop as a case study to learn how a focus on reproduction helped take this herd from a single digit preg rate more than ten years ago to an average yearly preg rate currently well over 30%!

The final portion of Dairy Manager School concluded with Kevin Muxlow sharing strategies and prompting discussions on marginal milk during times of tight margins.

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Alta hosts first Canadian Dairy Manager School

We welcomed 22 progressive Canadian dairy producers from five provinces to the first ever Canadian Dairy Manager School, held January 16-18 in Abbotsford, BC.

Participants from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario enhanced their knowledge on reproductive programs and implementation during the 2.5-day school. They joined Dr. Glaucio Lopes, AltaU Manager, Kevin Muxlow VP of Sales-Americas, and Dr. Paul Fricke, UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science to learn more about what’s new, what’s been improved, and what they can do best to take their farm’s reproductive management to the next level.

The class gained insight during sessions on reproductive fertility programs, data analysis, incorporating electronic activity monitors to manage health and repro, and marginal milk profitability.

An interactive visit to a large-scale robotic farm added to the already high-level discussions that attendees enjoyed inside the classroom.

See how you can take advantage of the Alta Dairy Manager School opportunities HERE.

Article submitted by Dr. Glaucio Lopes, AltaU Manager

Photo of Dr. Paul Fricke sharing insight and the latest research on reproductive management during Canada's January 2018 Alta Dairy Manager School
Dr. Paul Fricke shares insight and the latest research on reproductive management during Canada's January 2018 Alta Dairy Manager School
Photo of the Alta Dairy Manager School participants during a tour a robot facility as part of the 2.5-day class
Alta Dairy Manager School participants were able to tour a robot facility as part of the 2.5-day class
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