Estrus Synchronization – Part 1

Dr. Dan Stein, Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences – Estrus synchronization is a reproductive management tool that facilitates the use of both artificial insemination (AI) as well as natural service. Estrus synchronization is never a substitute for poor nutrition, poor herd health or poor management. For any estrus synchronization program to be implemented successfully, it must be well thoughtout and well planned. When using estrus synchronization with AI, producers can capitalize on the superior and proven genetics available with commercially processed semen. For some producers, natural service may be the easiest method of breeding their cows…

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