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Cornell University    
  Jan 21, 2018
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANSC 3450 - Reproductive Physiology and Management of Dairy Cattle

Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: ANSC 2400 .

J. O. Giordano.

This course integrates concepts of reproductive physiology, management, and economics of dairy cattle. Special emphasis is given to practices and technologies currently used in modern dairy operations. Laboratory sessions include hands-on learning of reproductive techniques and dairy herd management software. Concepts discussed in lecture and their respective application include: artificial insemination, rectal palpation and transrectal ultrasonography of the reproductive tract and ovaries, synchronization of estrus and ovulation, blood testing for pregnancy diagnosis, superovulation and embryo transfer, in-vitro fertilization and embryo production.

Outcome 1: Integrate basic and complex aspects of reproductive physiology of dairy cattle.

Outcome 2: Illustrate the implications of physiological processes on reproductive management programs and herd performance.

Outcome 3: Design and implement reproductive management strategies to fulfill the specific needs of dairy herds.

Outcome 4: Analyze the reproductive performance of dairy herds using the latest software technologies and provide recommendations to optimize reproductive performance and farm profitability.

Outcome 5: Employ current reproductive technologies used in the dairy industry to maximize herd performance and propagation of cattle of superior genetic value.

Outcome 6: Recognize the value of reproductive biology, management programs, and herd performance on the overall profitability and sustainability of the dairy operation.

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