PLAIN CITY, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2010 – Nearly 60 leading researchers in bovine reproduction from universities across the country invested their time in the Roy A. Wallace Memorial Symposium on Bovine Reproduction. The 15thannual two-day symposium was hosted by Select Sires in Columbus, Ohio, on October 21 and 22, 2010.
“Principal researchers selflessly shared the outcomes of their most recent research,” stated Mel DeJarnette, reproduction specialist at Select Sires. “The group offered many constructive challenges and critiques to each other’s research efforts and collectively discussed ideas for future research. A commonly stated goal of attendees is not to come to get the answers, but rather to leave asking better questions.”
The progress made by this group over the last 15 years has been astounding. Originally focused on beef cattle reproduction, the group in 1995 was excited about a system that achieved 45 to 50 percent pregnancy rates after three or four days of estrus detection. Today, multiple systems are available that yield 60 percent and higher pregnancy rates in well-managed beef herds with single fixed timed A.I. Considerable progress has also been achieved in lactating dairy cows, but remains a primary opportunity and target for future research.
Through cooperative research efforts with these recognized experts, Select Sires has facilitated the development of synchronization protocols that are more effective, allowing producers to realize better A.I. conception rates. In 2009, Select Sires invested $250,000 to initiate and/or complete 38 research projects, and by the close of 2010 an additional 40 projects will have commenced and/or concluded. These projects include Select’s in-house laboratory trials to optimize post thaw semen survival through enhanced cryopreservation procedures, joint research trials with universities or other partners funded through Select’s competitive grants program, and field fertility trials conducted through the Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™). And it doesn’t stop there – Select Sires continues to passionately support research efforts in numerous areas that may ultimately enhance the profitability and success of their customer-owners.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.