A new synchronization planner for artificial insemination (AI) is available through the Iowa Beef Center (IBC). The program simplifies breeding planning and helps eliminate costly errors, developers say.

Producers can access the program at the IBC Web site, www.iowabeefcenter.org. They can use the Internet-based version, or they can download the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet version.

To use the program, producers just enter the date they want to start breeding and select the synchronization system they want to use. The program then generates a report of what activities need to be done on which dates. It provides a detailed description of each activity and assumptions for the synchronization program selected.

The program also offers a cost analysis option using the number of females, estimated product costs, semen costs, feed costs/lb., amount fed, yardage, AI technician charges and trip charges.

Source: Iowa State University Extension press release