While research has long proven the relationship between the ration and reproduction, new findings from the University of Florida are reporting specific feeding practices that can improve embryonic survival.

The findings were reported in the December 2011 issue of Theriogenology:

Increasing the number of days that cows are fed a prepartum diet with a negative DCAD, proper energy levels, protein, amino acids and trace/macrominerals, improved subsequent pregnancy rate.

Supplementation of selenium in the transition period and in the lactating ration improves immune function, uterine health and subsequent reproductive performance.

Feeding dietary nonstructural carbohydrates increases levels of postpartum uterine activity.

Supplementing rations with Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids alters immune response and gene expression within the uterus to complement the processes of follicle and embryo development.