Earlier this week, I shared photos of artificial insemination of beef cattle. There are multiple reasons to implement artificial insemination in your beef herd. Two major ones are advancing the quality of your herd and uniformity of the calf crop. Artificial insemination allows ranchers access to high-quality bull semen they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford (i.e. buying the bull for natural service).
- This paper from Purdue University explores the options for timed-artificial insemination.
- A great set of fact sheets from Oklahoma State University on artificial insemination, including heat detection, handling semen and techniques.
- Select Sires has a great resource page on artificial insemination, semen handling and heat detection.
- Informative site from University of Nebraska-Lincoln on synchronizing estrus.
- Ryan Goodman has a good post about learning how to do artificial insemination for a real-life look at what a day AIing is like.
I enjoyed this video as well – also from Oklahoma State – on artificial insemination: