Artificial Insemination Proves Very Useful When Done CorrectlyTue, 20 Dec 2011 12:39:42 CST
Artificial insemination can be a very useful tool for producers in the cattle industry. Mike Smith, University of Missouri animal scientist, talked with Certified Angus Beef and described how to ensure artificial insemination (AI) can work best for you.
Smith says that every step in the artificial insemination process is very important and any mistake can cancel out all the good management practices you have done. So while the synchronization in AI programs work, they can also be very unforgiving says Smith.
Also, Smith says that there are many factors that play into the AI process. There is the fertility of the herd, the basic semen quality or the fertility of the sire, how much you handle the semen, and the efficiency with which you deposit the semen- so if you start with all of these which you are performing at 90-95%, Smith says you will probably get a number closer to actually 70% for a successful conception rate.
Click on the play button in the screen below for more from Mike Smith on AI and the benefits of the process and how to utilize them properly.
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