Date

6-2010

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Business

Department

Agribusiness Department

Advisor(s)

Wayne Howard

Abstract

This study was designed to compare the benefits and costs of two different synchronized artificial insemination programs on two groups of beef first calf heifers. A financial budget was developed that would include cost of synchronized insemination per animal and the added value of a bred heifer compared to an open one.

The two synchronized programs were called controlled internal drug release (CIDR) and Ovsynch. They used a specific timeline and drugs to complete the synchronization process. A single low birth weight high calving ease bull was used for both groups to enforce conformity between the groups. Costs of all inputs, including labor, were budgeted and calculated on a per animal basis. The CIDR program had a higher pregnancy rate than the Ovsynch. Because the test groups were so small there was not enough data to produce legitimate statistical analysis. This process is very time intensive for a beef cattle operation and this may explain why large beef operations do not practice these methods very often.

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