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Summary

In this section, we focused on preparing for insemination. The main points to remember are:

Section Five: Facilities and equipment required for insemination

Insemination facility Important factors to consider when choosing a location for drafting, holding and inseminating cattle on your farm include: Insemination equipment The following equipment for semen handling and insemination procedure should be stored in a clean, dry, AI kitbox: Select each heading to learn more about specific insemination equipment. Preparing the AI Table A …

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Section Seven: Sourcing Semen

Sourcing semen Before you can begin any Artificial Insemination you will need to source semen. Semen can be acquired from genetics companies or resellers. It can also be sourced from stud breeders. There are two options, fresh semen and frozen semen. Here are a few things to know about each: Selecting, preparing and thawing semen …

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Section One: Body condition and scoring

Body condition is the visual appearance of cattle, primarily determined by the amount and distribution of fat covering her muscles and bones – it is essentially the ‘fatness’ or ‘thinness’ of the cow. Effective management of cow body condition and nutrition provides reproductive, milk production, feed conversion, cow health and welfare benefits. Body condition management …

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Section Two: Checking nutritional management and feeding strategies

Detecting small changes in condition score over a short period is di cult. Check aspects of nutritional management regularly to detect problems quickly and take action to avoid unwanted loss of condition and reduced reproductive performance. When considering changes to nutritional management, consider: If your cows are outside the recommended BCS range (4.5 to 5.5) …

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Section Four: Biosecurity and environmental practices

Biosecurity and environmental best practices are essential for the long-term success of your farm. Following good biosecurity practices will help reduce the amount of illness in your animals, while strong environmental approaches will help your land to remain healthy and prosperous. Disease organisms can be spread on contaminated vehicles, insemination equipment, clothing, hands, and via …

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