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Info Dairy Newsletter

Question of the month...


...How do you use the "Tail Chalk" method for heat detection in a reproduction program?

... Tail chalking or striping has become a popular method of heat detection on today’s commercial dairy operations. It provides a quick and efficient system to identify cows that have stood to be mounted by other cows since the previous tail chalking/heat detection session. Rubbed off cows are likely in heat but need to be observed for secondary signs to confirm the “in heat” diagnosis. The secondary signs of estrus are especially important for partially rubbed off or questionable cows.

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Tail-Chalking Protocol


Tail Chalk Decision Tree...

Whether you use visual heat detection, pedometers, activity, or tail chalking, the signs of estrus need to be interpreted correctly and consistently to be effective. The following tail chalk decision tree protocol, courtesy of www.dairymapping.com, helps employees to be consistent and accurate in identifying and interpreting cows in estrus while using the tail chalk method.

Tail Chalk Decision Tree

Training - When to breed


Timing of insemination is very important to the success of any reproduction program. Click the following link for an easy to read chart.

Correct timing of insemination

Management - Time Management


Personal time management skills are essential skills for effective people. People who use these techniques routinely are the highest achievers in all walks of life, from business to sport to public service. If you use these skills well, then you will be able to function exceptionally well, even under intense pressure.

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Dale Carnegie - Quote of the month...


“The single greatest cause for failure in managers is their inability to delegate.”

- J. C. Penney

Try this eight-step delegation process next time.

  • Identify the need
  • Select the person
  • Plan the delegation
  • Hold a delegation meeting
  • Create a plan of action
  • Review the plan
  • Implement the plan
  • Follow - up

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