This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of reproduction and artificial insemination (A.I.) techniques in dairy cattle. The student will gain an understanding of the anatomy of the bovine reproductive tract through examination and palpation of both slaughterhouse specimens and live palpations. The student will learn to read sire summaries, use linear scoring, apply recordkeeping approaches and analyze herd reproductive performance. Common reproductive diseases will be discussed as well as the latest information on heat detection and synchronization programs. The labs and two required field trips provide individual student A.I. training and practice sessions needed for the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) certification.