“I’m very involved with the breeding plans of my clients and use my constant exposure to hundreds of embryos to identify strengths and weaknesses of certain genetic lines, which helps make corrective breeding much easier,” said Mahne. “Through IVF, we can make more calves from the best cows in the herd, and using different bulls on a certain cow allows us to produce half brother and sisters in the same year to show genetic matches and mismatches in a short period of time.” Mahne said using reproductive technologies can act as an insurance policy for very expensive cows, minimize disease transmission (especially across borders), keep a valuable cow in production even if she’s injured or deceased, add value to commercial cows who can carry a stud calf, and shorten generation intervals to allow the breed to grow more quickly.
Before flushing a female, Mahne says it’s important to ask a few important questions. “Is the animal good enough to reproduce in exponential number?” he asked. “Are the genetics proven enough to not end up with an unwanted disaster? Remember this is a long-term investment that will take commercial cows used as recipients out of production for a couple of years. Management has to be good, and optimal nutrition is important to make it a success.” The opportunities for Speckle Park breeders to advance proven genetics and increase numbers are endless with IVF. As more producers embrace these reproductive technologies, look for opportunities to purchase proven embryos to add to your own herd. “Producers can buy the best genetics from different herds in embryo form,” Mahne said. “It’s more affordable, and you can get the best! Very few breeders will sell their best cow, but they will consider selling embryos out of her.” SPJ Udo Mahne, DVM, of Embryo Life A close-up image of embryos ready to freeze.
photo © Bow Valley Genetics
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B O T T O M :
COVER GIRL OF P.A.R. 57C
FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE
P.A.R. CASANOVA 55C
FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION BULL
CHAMPION BREEDERS HERD PREMIER EXHIBITOR PREMIER BREEDER FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL
PROUD TO PROVIDE A PROVEN BREEDING PROGRAM THAT WORKS
THEY SELL APRIL 1st IN THE SOURCE SALE P.A.R. DA BOMB DIGGETY 26D
Box 12, LashBurn sK soM 1ho
DELTA OF P.A.R. 70D
roland & Melissa Chibri [t] 306-285-3141 [c] 780-205-1668 firstname.lastname@example.org Dale & Lynda Chibri [t] 306-823-4794 [c] 780-205-0719 email@example.com 10
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The Chibri Families
Published on Mar 6, 2017
Featuring the 2017 International Semen & Embryo Directory. The official publication of the Canadian Speckle Park Association, published by B...