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- January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009
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impact statement impact
- Twenty-six attendees participated in March, eighteen in July – forty-four in all. This was an exceptionally well attended program compared to others of similar length and intensity. A broad spectrum of farm type (dairy and beef), size of operation and experience level was represented. Exit surveys indicated a high confidence level and intent to implement the learned skills at home. Phone interviews later point towards a majority of the attendees practicing the learned skills on a regular basis. ABS was most pleased and willing to partner again in similar trainings. The host farms were given complimentary registrations for identified employees. Their interest in future program participation was expressed.
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- Cattle operators have adopted artificial insemination over the years to more quickly improve herd genetics than is possible with natural bull service. In addition, the hazard of having a bull on the farm, particularly in a dairy operation, is well known and presents a significant liability. Many operators utilize the technician services of AI companies as well as purchasing semen through them. Although farms have had personnel capable of inseminating cows for a long time, there is a lack of available training to educate and provide cowside experience in this area. The hard economic times have made the interest in being able to breed one’s own cows even greater. AI companies offer hands-on training periodically at a cost ranging between $250 and $350. The locations are most often dictated by the location of a packing plant or company owned facility. This can be logistically difficult for interested individuals.
impact statement response
- The team dairy specialists received an Agricultural Worker Certification Program grant from the NYS Ag & Markets to help fund a reproduction and artificial insemination course for cattle. In conjunction with ABS Global, two workshop trainings were held within the team region, one in March and one in July, 2009. Attendees were given instruction on the anatomy and reproductive function of the cow. The handling of frozen semen and its preparation for insemination was practiced. Reproductive tracts were used for anatomical identification and for practice in passing breeding “guns”. Significant time was allocated for students to become comfortable with insemination techniques in live cows. All attendees received “AI Starter Kits” which enabled them to practice on cows at home. Certificates of course completion were distributed.
impact statement summary
- A two-day, on the farm course for cattle operators focused on understanding reproductive anatomy, physiology and insemination techniques. Both classroom and hands-on training was utilized. Partnering with the AI industry and receiving a state grant to support the project ensured both expertise and affordability. Participants went home with the experience and tools to work towards inseminating their own cows.
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- Bertoldo, Jerry Cornell Academic Staff