Perry shared some of the research studies conducted by him and his colleagues at South Dakota State University (SDSU). His findings indicate several key considerations for producers to keep in mind when planning synchronized breeding programs, either by artificial insemination or natural service.
According to Perry, there is an equation that influences fertility in females. This four-part equation includes:
1) Animals detected in estrus and inseminated
2) Insemination efficiency
3) Fertility level of the herd
4) Semen fertility level
When considering these four elements, Perry noted that all are equally important in getting females bred. Listen to a portion of his speech below:
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BEEF Daily Quick Fact: In 2009, cattle became the first livestock animal to have its genome mapped. (Source: Wikipedia "Cattle Breeding")