ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION: ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S MOST UNDER UTILIZED TOOLS
by: Steven B. Blezinger
The last few years have provided some exiting developments in the area of biotechnology in the beef industry. Tools such as DNA markers for economically important traits, sexing of semen and embryos, in vitro production of embryos, cloning and other breakthroughs brought about for the most part by work in the field of molecular biology are some specific examples. Interestingly though, one of the most significant of these, a tool that has been around the longest and one of the most effective genetic improvement tools available today is largely underutilized by the beef industry – artificial insemination (AI). This article will review what AI has to offer to the beef cattle producer and attempt to illustrate some of the production and economic benefits of this powerful resource. A large portion of this text is taken from a discussion by Dr. Harlan Ritchie at Michigan State in Feedstuffs (Oct 05).