Boviteq West offers a complete In Vivo Embryo Collection and Transfer (conventional flushing) program. The donors can be housed at Boviteq West’s facility with the entire process carried out by experienced Boviteq West veterinarians and technicians. This program offers the customer all the benefits of conventional flushing without the stresses of setting up the donor, timely hormone administration, heat detection and artificial insemination. Customers can take advantage of the Boviteq West Recipient Program where we will set up recipients for the fresh embryos. The program is flexible and can be tailored to the specific needs of the customer.
Embryo transfer (ET) is an advanced reproductive technology recognized worldwide as the most economical method of genetic multiplication to increase the impact of outstanding animals in your herd.
ET helps the breeder produce more offspring from cows that have proven themselves as good breeding animals and can also shorten the generation interval for faster genetic progress when flushing a heifer with great genetic potential.
THE CONVENTIONAL ET PROCESS HAS 3 BASIC STEPS:
- Flushing and Transfer
Superovulation of the donor animal is done by specific hormone treatment to cause multiple follicles to ovulate. The manner in which the cow is treated during this time is a very important determining factor of success with the ET process and it is important to keep the animal in a comfortable, stress free environment to increase the chances of success with the ET process.
The donor animal is then inseminated with semen from the bull of your choice. Choose sexed or conventional semen to meet your needs. One bull can be used or semen from multiple bulls can also be used to impregnate the cow. The ET process allows the breeder to have a greater impact not only from a specific cow but also from one bull by producing multiple pregnancies which is also an advantage when very expensive semen from top bulls are used.
FLUSHING AND TRANSFER
The fertilized ova will develop into embryos which will be flushed from the donor animal 7 days after insemination. The flushing process is non-surgical after which the embryos are examined under a microscope at Boviteq West and are then either implanted immediately in your recipient animals or our Recipient Herd or frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen for later transfer into recipient animals, or you can sell or export your resulting embryos.
You can repeat the flushing process as often as once a month.
Western Canadian Breeders Club
A self-funded, self-governed club to help Western Canadian Dairy Farmers market their genetics. WestGen provides assistance in finding buyers and facilitating transactions to sell your embryos. Strong international markets still exist for good cow families, show type, red and white, or index breeding. We will support you in creating marketable matings, meeting buyers, branding your farm and promoting our superior Canadian genetics worldwide to maximize your success.