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Artificial insemination (Al) is the collection of semen from a male animal and breeding a female animal with the collected semen. AI has a long renowned history, dating back all the way to 1780, and continues to evolve every day. Artificial insemination allows farmers to inseminate their cattle efficiently, farmers can integrate DNA variation and desired genetics in livestock, and acts as a safe way to impregnate cattle by not having the risk of a live bull being used. It can be observed within multiple studies that when looking at smaller herds it can actually be more cost efficient to utilize artificial insemination over natural service. However, there can be economic disadvantages such as the upfront cost of supplies - semen tank and gun - and the cost of training or personnel. The objective of this research is to determine if artificial insemination is more profitable than natural service; and determine what factors may contribute to the making of that decision.

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Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Economics of Artificial Insemination in Cattle



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