10 Resources For Breeding Success

Every year, I dread when the semen sales rep makes his way to our house. It’s not that I’m not excited about the new genetic potential that’s available each year to utilize on our cattle, but I sure hate the bill, not to mention the time and labor that goes with it! Some would argue that synchronizing, artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfers are a cheaper option than buying the top-selling bull at a sale, but I just have a hard time buying semen. It’s kind of like making payments on a car. There’s certainly some depreciating value in straws that may or may not get a cow bred. A bull, however, gets the job done every time, as long as you take the steps to make sure he passes a breeding soundness exam!

 

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However, using AI technology is just part of the game when you’re in the purebred business, more commercial breeders are finding value in using AI, too. It seems like spring and early summer are the busy months to AI heifers and cows, so I rounded up 10 resources for breeding success. Here are 10 of our best on this topic:

1. Video: A x B x C x D = Reproductive Success

2. Research Looks At Heifer Synchronization Protocols

3. Synchronizing Their Cows Led The Way

4. Genomics, Genetics and Ginning Numbers

5. What Does Your AI Set-Up Look Like?

6. Some Thoughts On The True Cost Of AI

7. Breed Heifers Before Cows

8. Video: Factors Influencing AI Success

9. To Synchronize Or Not?

10. Why Haven’t AI & Crossbreeding Flourished?

Do you AI your heifers and cows? Do you synchronize and time breed? Which programs have worked best for you? Which bulls are you trying out this year? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of Beefmagazine.com or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

 

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