Top 10 tips for reproduction (from the 2019 ARSBC conference)

Main photograph by Wikus van der Merwe. The 2019 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Conference held from 20–21 August in Knoxville, Tennessee in the USA, provided not only applied strategies, but also an inside look at recent research findings. Here are my top 10 takeaways. 1. Know where you’re going and decide how…

The influence of nutrition on inflammation and mitigating its impact

Undernutrition, or lack of feed consumption, results in weight loss and decreased body condition, impacting reproductive performance. Declines in performance will be registered as delayed puberty, and an increase in the postpartum-to-conception interval in cattle and the wean-to-oestrus interval in swine. It may also reduce ovarian cyclicity, which impacts fertility (Figure 1). Low insulin signals…