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KatG    Posted 10-24-2004 at 08:39:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ellie has gone through one cycle...{cow} and need to breed her back in Dec.
Would like to keep the Jersey line pure since all is registered stock...MAtt ask vet about A.I. and he said it would be very expensive to get...but cheap to do...Maybe he sould ask the farmer we got her from...MAtt called this morning...yes they keep it on hand..guess in bulk and the farmer does the A.I. him self..Matt ask if we could buy some sperm from them and she said that if it was unfrozen 20 seconds it would be no good...MAtt ask if we bought Ellie to them would he consider doingit...she is suppose to get back to us on that one...Also he ask about this *%#! onion grass and what they do...she did not know since they milk over 60 cows and all the milk mixes..
How would I go about getting some bull sperm from a registered Jersey bull?? Do I have to buy a quanity of it??? Lord I just have one cow that will be ready to breed and freezer is full of tough pig and colostrum..I don't need numerous vials of sperm or whatever they come in...All the folks we ask about this A.I. seems like they don't want to share something with Is it an art or is it a terrbile deed???
HAve a great Sunday...I am going to shovel manure...KAtG

Judy in NC    Posted 10-24-2004 at 11:47:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Kat,
Our local dairyman was glad to come out and AI for us. We lucked out and our cow and her two year old heifer came in at exactly the same time.
He only charged us $50. to come out and breed the both of them. He had a variety to chose from - Angus, Holstein, I don't know what all else.
I located him through my county agent.
Hope you have good luck.
Judy in NC

deadcarp    Posted 10-24-2004 at 11:05:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
artificial insemination is a simple process but taakes practice. what you do is tie the cow securely, cuz in just a bit you'll be up to your elow inside here, feelig for the right parts and since that's more stress then she was designed for, she'll be vocalizing & her back will be bowed up rather severely.
once she's secure and clean back there, you strip on a long rubber glove over the elbow, choose a straw-like tube of frozen semen and try to deposit that where it should go. whole thing can take 5 minutes and it's probly not any treat for anybody involved. cows that experience that aren't known to get crushes on the performers. :)

toolman    Posted 10-24-2004 at 10:25:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
is there not any jersey bulls in the area kat, thats the best sure fired way to make sure she catches.

KatG    Posted 10-24-2004 at 10:31:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Very few folks have registered Jerseys around this part...not even unregistered...Mostly beef cattle...Lots of the dairies are closing and going to commerical chickens houses...Our calfs Daddy was Montana Jace...1 of the 10 top sires in the US according to the Jersey Assc., But come to find out old Jace is in wonder how much blonder can I and I can say that ya'll blondes because I am a true one
Maybe I shouldn't have been to quick to castrated old Amos..but he is Montana JAces son and don't think they need to be interbreeding too much huh???...KAtG

Ennis/AR    Posted 10-24-2004 at 09:03:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a great day

Bob    Posted 10-24-2004 at 08:54:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go to Google and type in "Jersey Semen". Then all ya gotta do is find an outfit nearby that can do the job for you!

(Not only is the stuff frozen, it's kept in liquid nitrogen at -320 degtrees Fahrenheit!)

KatG    Posted 10-24-2004 at 08:57:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Bob...going to skip the manure and go google sperm...KAtG

JoeK    Posted 10-24-2004 at 08:52:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Semen is relatively difficult to store as it requires a liquid nitrogen tank and special handling equipment to deal with.If you are in"cow country at all"there should be artificial insemination(AI)technicians about who do this on an on-call basis for local farmers.There are several national AI companies around the country.They will have different breed and characteristics in a "bull book"(the cow's Playgirl)for you to choose from and when cow comes into heat,you call,and the AI tech responds.

KatG    Posted 10-24-2004 at 08:56:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Reckon how I would find out who this A.I. tech is??? No one seems to want to talk about it...Thanks for the info..KAtG

Donna from Mo    Posted 10-24-2004 at 09:20:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
For years we'd call a guy (we called him the "breeder-man), pay him a fee, and he'd do the job for us; if the cow didn't settle the first time, there was a trip charge but the semen was free. These days it's hard to find someone who does this for a living. The last few years I had cows, we had a dairy farmer friend who insemnated his own cows. We ordered the Jersey semen from a bull we chose, he stored it for us, and he came and did the job for us. I believe you have to order the semen six straws at a time, but it'll remain viable for years if you have the tank in which to store it.

KatG    Posted 10-24-2004 at 10:35:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Finding sperm from a registered Jersey around here is like looking for a needle in a haystack...Where did you get the book to pick out the bull you wanted Donna???..I have no where to store sperm but heck if I have to order 6 to get the job done guess that is what it will take...Maybe their is money to be made become A.I. person...But then I don't have but one good arm and bet it takes

Donna from Mo    Posted 10-24-2004 at 13:47:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kat, you need to go to classes for this; there are tricks to the trade, and you can't just teach yourself. It is something that women can do, but you need proper instruction. If there's a dairy around, I'd talk to them. Chances are they'd be able to give you some information.

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