I have received a question from one of our readers Mr Mwangi from Nakuru, Kenya asking
Dear MkulimaTODAY it is my first time doing artificial insmeniation but I don’t know the right time to serve my cows.Kindly help.
To answer the above question I have written this article to help other farmers like mr Mwangi and anyone who is interested in joining dairy farming or the use of artificial insemination.
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If you observe your cow on heat before 6 am that means it should be inseminated on that same day but if it shows sign after 6 am it means the cow should be served the following day.
Advantages of artificial insemination
- It is the only form of mating that allows efficient control on venereal disease
- Most economical,it eliminates purchase and maintenance expenses of a bull
- Most efficient in cattle management.I bull serve 500-8- progeny annually
- Adequate progeny is procreated
- It necessitates record keeping and high level of management
- Proven bulls have their semen used worldwide
- Semen can be store for years even if the bull is dead
- Venereal disease can be spread rapidly
- Undesirable trait are passed to progeny
- Possibilities of inbreeding is higher as compared to natural serving
Ensure you follow the serving times as required,This boosts production and helps in planning the farm.
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