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Ensuring that a high percentage of bovine females exposed to breeding by natural service and/or artificial insemination give birth to a healthy calf is critical for high efficiency of beef and milk production. High reproductive efficiency requires that heifers reach puberty at an appropriate age, that cows are fertile and able to conceive at an appropriate time postparturition, that fertile semen is delivered to the female reproductive tract via natural service by bulls or by artificial insemination at a time that is optimal for conception, that gestational pregnancy wastage is minimized, and that parturition results in the birth of a vigorous calf delivered by a healthy dam. Successful bovine reproduction is the culmination of many complex biologic processes that can each be influenced by management decisions. The purpose of this issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice is to provide an overview of the current knowledge of some of the most important aspects of successful bovine reproduction for veterinary practitioners, animal scientists, students, and researchers.
I would like to thank each of the contributing authors for agreeing to allocate time from their busy schedules to organize and communicate their wealth of knowledge and experience related to the multifaceted topics addressed by each article. Each author provides practical applications to enhance the efficiency of bovine reproduction and improve animal health and well-being based on a rigorous review of the available literature that combines a commitment to the scientific method with the need for effective action steps that can be taken at the herd and individual animal levels.
I would also like to extend my thanks to Meredith Clinton and the staff at Elsevier for their support during production. I believe that the contributing authors and Elsevier editors who have devoted so much time to create a valuable resource should be very proud of the final product. Last, I would like to thank my wife and family for their love and support as they make going to work each morning and coming home at the end of the day truly a blessing.