Tackling ET

Tackling ET

For the small producer, embryo transplant is no longer out of reach.

by Eric Grant

Like most small seedstock producers, I’d thought about tackling embryo transplant (ET) for years. But it was something that I’d always perceived as a risk rather than a benefit. It was too expensive, too labor-intensive and too hard on your cows.

So every time I got close to doing it, I turned away, deciding instead to let nature — and the old bull in the pasture — do the work instead.

Last summer, I finally took the plunge, and we achieved some pretty good results. I got my best two cows flushed, and their genetics propagated more rapidly than I would have done with just natural breeding.

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