Q: Is artificial insemination cost-effective in replacement heifers?
A: University of Missouri Extension beef specialist Dave Patterson, PhD., says that with many bulls selling for $5,000 or more this fall, the cost of using proven AI sires with accurate EPDs for calving ease and other traits looks more affordable than ever. Patterson offers an analysis based on an average bull price of $3,740, with an assumption, based on research data, the bull will produce an average of 45 progeny over its lifetime. Assuming $25 per dose for semen from a high-accuracy bull, plus $20 per head for estrus synchronization, a producer could inseminate 83 heifers for the price of the one bull. With a 55 percent conception rate, that AI program would result in 46 pregnant heifers.
Source: Dr. Dave Patterson, University of Missouri Extension beef specialist