Is Artificial Insemination Right for Your Ranch

April 10, 2015

It goes without saying ABS promotes synchronization and AI, and the lifetime value it can add to the cowherd.There has never been a better time for synchronization and AI in the beef industry than today. Bull prices continue to set records and the additional value of AI bred and sired females can’t be denied.

But adoption of this technology use doesn’t come without questions and expectations from users, especially those new to or considering AI for the first time. Drovers CattleNetwork released an article online yesterday from their March issue, Dispelling the myths of artificial insemination, and one we feel is very accurate. Take a glance at it.

“AI isn’t meant to be easy and may not be meant for everyone, but it’s also not that difficult for people to establish in their operation,” Travis McCarty writes. “I believe more operations can incorporate AI into their management practices than what is currently being done in the industry.”

If you still need more information on whether AI is right for you and what other considerations are needed, check out these resources:

  • Video of a large-scale AI project in South Dakota at the Fulton Ranch. With the use of a portable breeding barn and skilled crew, synchronization and AI in the pasture is low-stress and simplified
  • The AI Cowculator is a smartphone app developed by the University of Florida to aid in the decision making process, helping producers incorporate their own costs and determine the value of estrous synchronization and AI compared to natural service.
  • The Iowa State University Estrus Synchronization Planner is a free excel spreadsheet program download that is great for planning and deciding which estrus synchronization protocol is best for you. It also has a cost breakdown analysis to compare different protocol expenses for your operation. (Note, it will ask for your information when downloading – this is only so you can be notified when an update the planner is available for future downloads and the most up-to-date synchronization protocols approved by the Beef Reproduction Task Force)
  • ABS Beef Blog Synchronization Q & A with Dr. Cliff Lamb  (Three-part series). Lamb addresses common questions and scenarios on the farm when things don’t always go as planned.
  • This pdf article from North Dakota State University Extension Service discussing Maximizing Pregnancy Rates When Using Artificial Insemination 

If you’re still skeptical about the value of AI compared to natural service with today’s prices, check out these cost comparison charts, using this spring’s data. These charts do not account for the genetic gain of using proven genetics or additional age and weight of calves born earlier in the calving season.

NaturalServiceCosts

Synch-AI_Costs

If you think synchronization and AI is something you want to incorporate, talk to your local ABS Representative today. Our professional, full-service representatives are here to help you with any questions and concerns you may have.

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ABS Sired Progeny Take Home Honors at 2013 NAILE

November 19, 2013

This week is the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Below are winners with progeny sired by ABS bulls. The ABS headline for calving ease and phenotype, BRILLIANCE, took top honors in each show!

Congratulations to everyone involved at the NAILE show, we know the hard work and dedication that goes into having your animals ready for such a big show! Safe travels to everyone on their way home and don’t forget to stop by the ABS booth and visit with us before leaving.

  • Grand Champion Owned Female, Junior Show, PVF Missie 2018 – sired by BRILLIANCE, shown by Carter Ward, MO
  • Reserve Senior Champion Female, Junior Show, Champion Hill Shadoe 81-7 – sired by BRAVE, shown by Kaitlyn Clarke, OH
  • Senior Heifer Calf Champion, Junior Show, Champion Hill Georgina 8308 – sired by BRAVE,  shown by Christine Taylor, AR
  • Reserve Senior Heifer Calf Champion,  Junior Show, WSA Lady 9162 – sired by MOTIVE, shown by Colleen Jones, NC
  • Reserve Grand Champion Bull, Super Point ROV Show, DDA Dameron Northern Light – sired by BRILLIANCE, shown by Double Diamond Angus, IL and Dameron Angus Farm, IL
  • Winter Bull Calf Champion, Super Point ROV Show, LVS Brilliance 1305 – sired by BRILLIANCE, shown by Savannah Levisay, CA and Matthew Mitchell, PA
  • Grand Champion Female, Super Point ROV Show, Cherry Knoll Pleasant Elsa – sired
  • Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair, Super Point ROV Show, Cherry Knoll Elisha 1146 – sired by SAUGAHATCHEE, shown by Trista Bates, MT and Cherry Knoll Farm, PA
  • Reserve Champion Intermediate Female, Super Point ROV Show, Champion Hill Georgina 8211 – sired by SAUGAHATCHEE, shown by Blake Boyd, KY and Champion Hill Angus, OH
  • Champion Junior Female, Super Point ROV Show, Cherry Knoll Pleasant Elsa – sired by BRILLIANCE, shown by Logan Wright, WV and Cherry Knoll Farm, PA
  • Reserve Champion Senior Female, Super Point ROV Show, SCC Queen O Diamonds GAF 197 – sired by CURRENCY, shown by Kinsey Crowe, OH

Complete Show Results and American Angus Association Coverage can be found here.

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ABS Hosts South American Beef Tour

October 30, 2013

ABS recently hosted a group of South Americans who toured parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. Participants visited influential seedstock and commercial ranches, Kansas State University Meat Lab, and American Angus Association’s headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Tour Group at Buford Angus Ranch

Tour Group at Buford Angus Ranch

Participants engage in discussions with ABS District Business Manager, Sandra Levering, at Giles Ranch

Participants engage in discussions with ABS District Business Manager, Sandra Levering, at Giles Ranch

Posing for a photo at Kniebel Cattle Company

Posing for a photo at Kniebel Cattle Company

The tour group enjoyed discussions and seminars with a diverse group of industry leaders representing the U.S. beef industry. The tour began at Express Angus Ranch in Oklahoma, making their way to Gardiner Angus Ranch, Sandhill Hereford Farms, Kniebel Red Angus, Houck Rock Simmentals, and Kansas State University. From the Kansas State University Meat Lab, the tour continued through north east Kansas to the American Angus Association headquarters and Circle A Angus Ranch where they learned more about the ABS Global Circle A Sire Alliance program. As the tour concluded through Missouri, they stopped at Joplin Regional Stockyards headed back to Oklahoma with stops at Ratcliff and Buford Ranches.

Stop at Gardiner Angus Ranch

Stop at Gardiner Angus Ranch

Going through ET calves at Fink Beef Genetics

Going through ET calves at Fink Beef Genetics

The tour made a stop at the American Angus office in St. Joesph

The tour made a stop at the American Angus office in St. Joesph, Missouri

ABS is thankful to both tour participants and tour stop hosts for helping make the 2013 South American Beef Tour a success. ABS believes interaction and exchange of cattle production methods across cultures is important for continued growth of the global beef industry. Sharing genetics and management practices can help achieve higher success for international beef demand.

Touring the Kansas State University Meat Lab

Touring the Kansas State University Meat Lab

Going through the Angus Sire Alliance progeny test feedlot at Circle A Ranch

Going through the Angus Sire Alliance progeny test feedlot at Circle A Ranch

In front of Joplin Regional Stockyards

In front of Joplin Regional Stockyards

Touring the working pens and AI facility at Ratcliff Ranches

Touring the working pens and AI facility at Ratcliff Ranches

If you are interested in participating in future ABS Global beef tours, please contact Vasco Beheregaray, Global Beef Brand Manager, at vasco.neto@genusplc.com.