AI: do it right...
Use this AI checklist to ensure your AI technique is best practice.
Many DIY inseminators achieve conception rates 5-15% lower than professional technicians (InCalf 1996). Only a small tweak in semen storage and handling, operator technique or farm protocol can improve performance on farm.
Watch the effect of poor handling practices on semen mortality
Handling Semen Straws poster
To remind DIY inseminators how they can get more AI calves by handling semen correctly, put this Handling Semen Straws poster next to the semen tank.
AI training courses
The National Herd Improvement Association (NHIA) in conjunction with the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) are offering training courses in artificial insemination. For more info course visit the NHIA and NCDE websites.
AI and sire selection from The InCalf Book (PDF, 279KB)
Managing an AI program is another process that requires careful planning. Good AI programs involve good heat detection (Chapter 10, page 77), proper AI practice and the careful selection of AI sires. This document outlines the following:
- Assessing AI practice
- Getting ready for AI
- Semen storage and handling
- Insemination technique
- Timing of AI
- AI sire selection