To Synchronize Or Not?To Synchronize Or Not?
Taking a hard look at the benefits of reproductive technologies such as estrous synchronization and artificial insemination.
February 29, 2012
It has been demonstrated that using estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) can improve reproductive efficiency, productivity and profits of beef cattle operations. Producers should consider using these reproductive technologies in their herds this spring.
Without question, reproductive efficiency dramatically affects profitability in a beef operation. The reason is simple: you market total pounds, and reproductive efficiency sets the stage for increasing profitability. Using reproductive technologies such as estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) will assist in improving reproductive efficiency and ultimately profitability in your herd.
By itself, AI offers numerous advantages over natural service. AI allows you to use genetically superior and proven sires. Thus, AI is the quickest way for most producers to improve genetic merit of the herd.
In addition, for heifers, AI allows producers to use a high accuracy sire for calving ease. AI also facilitates the specific matings of dams and sires to optimize progeny potential and maintain heterosis in crossbred systems or reduce inbreeding in purebred systems.
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