Services include: -Sire Selection & Semen Sales -Herd Evaluation & Consultation -Custom Artificial Insemination -Estrous Synchronization -CIDR Placement -Heat Detection -Nutritional Programs -Breeding Supplies Average drug cost: CIDR - $12.00 per CIDR GnRH - $3.00 per dose (2 doses per cow = $6.00 per head) Prostaglandin- $4.00 per head Total - $22.00
Arm Service Fee per Head: 200 or more head - $8 151-199 head - $9 101-150 head - $9 31-100 head - $12 15-30 head - $15 5-14 head - $25 1-4 head -$30 plus $.50 per mile Over 60 miles from Endeavor will be a mileage charge depending on the direction. For example I live by I-39, easy to go north and south
A.I. will not overcome a poor nutrition program, poor management, or a poor herd health program.
Before you AI; -record keeping system; you need to know when the cow had her last calf, most cows need 60 days to get back into good breeding condition. Heifers need a little more -a good nutrition program; several ways to get there, just get there -good cattle handling facilities; animals and/or people can get hurt without good facilities. Also you want the cows as calm as possible, if they have to be chased or have to be run in several times to catch them it can hurt conception rates -herd health; work with your veterinarian -heat detection (synchronization can help with this); Insemination 10-14 hours for conventional semen and 18-22 hours for sexed semen.
People tell me about things they do and don’t do, but they still get cows pregnant. My answer to them is it’s a percentage game, maybe something is only going to give you a 5% better chance to get the cow pregnant but everything helps. You can do everything right and not get a cow pregnant. Same with not doing things as good as you should and the cow ends up pregnant. Most bull stud books have cow and heifer protocols listed. My favorites are the 14 day CIDR in heifers and most cows I find a GnRH shot with a PG shot 7 days later is the most efficient.