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Herd reproduction story

A great herd of cows is the foundation of a successful dairy farming business and continuous herd improvement is highly important to most dairy farmers. Watch the herd reproduction story to see why.


Good reproductive performance underpins herd improvement because it offers you more choice for breeding and culling decisions.

Herd fertility starts at birth and managing animals well through all their life stages is essential if they are to achieve their genetic potential and get in calf quickly each year.

LIC has identified 14 key life phases for dairy animals that impact on herd reproductive performance:

1. Birth

2. Rearing to weaning

3. Wean

4.  Grazing transition

5. First year growth

6. First mating

7. First pregnancy

8. Integration into the herd

9. Calving

10. Early lactation

11. Mating

12. Late lactation

13. Dry off

14. Dry off period

Read about this all year-round approach to reproduction or download the Ahead of the Herd tool to help you keep on top of all the important jobs to be done.