In the barn with All West Select Sires
I've mentioned it on the blog before, but Clint began working with a new AI company - All West Select Sires - in September as a Large Herd Specialist.
We think it's going to be a great career for him, and for our family. Over the Columbus Day weekend was his "first" project with AWSS, in Lakeview - and since it was a holiday, Chandler and I got to go help!
When we got there in the morning, the crew was sorting off the first set of pink patched heifers. These heifers were set up with a 7 day CIDR protocol, in two groups and patched with Estrotect patches. We really recommend using Estrotect patches on all of our projects, because they give a great visual to us (and the owner of the cattle) and allow us to know what the heat rate is, and whether the synchronization is working as we expect it to. It also allows us to make some management decisions in when to AI.
The box had been delivered the night before, so we had some time for Chandler to inspect it.
Then it was just a matter of getting the box put in place, hauling in all of our stuff we needed to get started, and in no time - we were rocking and rolling!
Chandler LOVES to be in on the action, and is quite content to be carried on my back while we work. These pictures were taken while we were AI'ing the first set of heifers, and he had a ball....
Until he fell asleep, lol. But we just carried on while he took a little snooze. :)
Tyler & Clint bred, while I thawed, and the Houret crew did a great job bringing the cattle.
The heifers came quietly to the barn, and left the same way. When that happens - it allows us to maximize our efficiency, and pace in the barn. Where everything clicked along, we were able to average AI'ing about two heifers every minute.
I thought these were funs shots of the crew horseback bringing the heifers in - they were so quiet, and just went right where they needed to without ramming/jamming. That helps equal reproductive success, because when heifers come to the barn quietly they have lower levels of cortisol running through them, which allows the sperm to more effectively do it's work.
This is what we like to see - LOTS of pink patches! That means heifers cycled, came into heat, were ridden (which is what makes the patch turn from silver to pink) and were ready to AI.
Research shows that with timed AI, the more heats you have has a direct correlation to higher conception rates.
And look who fell asleep, supervising on the job. ;)
A big thank you to the Houret family for letting us come AI your heifers this year, and for the wonderful hospitality you provided!