With embryo transfer, an already fertilized egg is being inserted. The conception rate of embryo transfer should be 5 - 10% higher than artificial insemination (AI being around 60 - 65%).
A donor cow can produce more than one calf per season
The breeder and/or rancher can build their herd more quickly
It can eliminate the AI reproductive step in the breeding process, saving time and money
Valuable cows with physical disabilities that would prevent a successful pregnancy can produce offspring
Older cows that are incapable of carrying a calf to term can continue to produce offspring as donor cows
Risk of calving problems for donor cows is eliminated
Success rate with recipient cows that have conception problems can be increased
In order to optimize nutrition to an A+ value, we formulate a specialized vitamin and mineral protocol for our animals. Once a month we perform a liver biopsy to identify which (if any) minerals or vitamins are lacking presence in the liver. We also test the cow's hay and long grain specified rations to identify any lacking vitamin or mineral in the feed. Upon results of the biopsy and hay/grain tests, we adjust the diet accordingly.
Proper injection of superovulatory drugs
Reproductive cycle detection in donors and recipients
Isolation and classification of embryos
Storage of embryos between collection and transfer
Proper cryopreservation procedures
Transfer of embryos to the recipient
Viability of embryos from a particular donor
Selection of fertile recipients
Control of disease, vaccinations
Modern technology utilization
At Lolo Trail Ranch Genetics Facility, our embryo transfer specialist is Galen Lusk of Western Genetics. Galen is a licensed veterinarian (DMV) and has been working exclusively in the embryo transfer field since 1977. He is certified with the American Embryo Transfer Association and is one of the top E.T. specialists in the northwest. We are proud have him as our leading genetics technician. At Lolo Trail Ranch, your animals are in the best of hands.