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Using Reproductive Technology

Cattlemen's College® features reproductive technology demonstration.
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2013) — Kicking off the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Fla., was the 20th Cattlemen’s College sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health (formerly Pfizer Animal Health). New this year were live-animal demonstrations Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Included were demonstrations of reproductive technologies conducted by the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB), whose member companies serve as sources of genetics, utilized through artificial insemination (AI), and technology services.

Explained were the potential advantages of AI following synchronization of estrus with protocols that utilize the controlled intravaginal drug release (CIDR®) device for delivering progesterone. NAAB representatives demonstrated proper fitting of the device applicator and insertion in demonstration animals. Also explained was the use of heat detection patches to aid identification of females ready for AI service.

Proper storage and handling of frozen semen to protect semen quality was discussed with the aid of a cut-way semen storage tank, followed by a step-by-step demonstration of insemination techniques and use of a portable insemination box.

Emcee and Genex representative Willie Altenburg said current technology enables producers to achieve 55%-60% conception on the first heat cycle. With the use of the equipment demonstrated and application of safe, low-stress cattle-handling techniques, added Altenburg, a well-trained crew of four technicians can efficiently breed up to 100 females per hour.


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