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Crazy A focuses on more than just breeding services. Herd health and management are vital for a producers success. Herd management ensures quality production turning it into top dollar returns. Whether you just need breeding services or a full herd consult Crazy A has the knowledge, schooling and resources to ensure success in your herd. Small hobby farm or large ranch the passion is the same healthy herds and top production. 

ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION 

Artificial insemination (A.I.) is an underutilized tool in commercial cow-calf operations. A.I., as a management tool, improves herd performance which in turn will boost revenue and create quality genetics. The biggest benefit in utilizing AI is access to superior genetics. 

ADVANTAGES OF ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION:

  • (Low maintenance with no requirement of owning personal bull) Little to no cost of maintenance of breeding bull 

  • It prevents the spread of certain diseases and sterility due to genital diseases

  • Progeny testing can be done at an early age

  • The semen of a desired size can be used even after the death of that particular bull

  • Allows the mating of cattle with great differences in size without injury 

  • It is helpful to inseminate the cows that refuse to stand or accept the bull at the time of breeding

  • It helps in maintaining accurate breeding and calving records

  • It increases the rate of conception

  • Old, heavy and injured sires can be used

Cost of Artificial Insemination 

(Depending on your herd, the cost for the semen and set up will vary)
Cost will vary when it comes to cost to set up your herd for A.I. 
 7-day CO-Synch + CIDR  (Beef Cows) 
  • Day one- A vaginal CIDR is put in place and a shot of GnRH is given
  • Day seven- The CIDR is pulled and a PG shot is given
  • Day ten- A.I. is performed at a 60-66 hr window and the last GnRH shot is given
(The same protocol is used on heifers , the TAI is moved up to hour 54) 
Sire Selection 
The cost of semen can vary by sire selected and quantity ordered. Typical commercial semen will be anywhere from $10-$25 a straw. One straw is used for each cow/ heifer. Sexed semen is also available. With this technology, you are able to select calf sex to be either bull or heifer. Using Genex semen also gives you the availability to register your calf crop. 
Conception Rate
After cost is evaluated and a sire is selected, the next question is conception rate with A.I. There are many variables that go into a good conception rate. Heard health, weather and age of cows/heifers are very important. During a herd consult both the producer and I evaluate the herd. If changes are needed to be made, we discuss a program to ensure the best possible outcome. If you start out with a strong foundation it will help you build a profitable and productive herd.