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) are offering training courses in artificial insemination. For more info course visit the NHIA website.
The InCalf Book (PDF, 4.3MB)
See Section D of the InCalf book 2nd edition pp.95-112 (Genetics, sires, mating strategies and artificial insemination)