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Day in the life of a Dairy Cow Inseminator: Israel Dairy Co-op

Saturday, January 16, 2010
Israel is known to be one of the most successful milk producing nations in the world with exemplary milk production per cow. There are over 500 dairy farms in Israel that belong to a national dairy co-op known as the Cattle Confederation. The Cattle Confederation maintains a centralized herd book that tracks and reports the genetics and health and milk production/quality for over 100,000 dairy cattle. Under the umbrella of the Cattle Confederation is the Haklaite, an organization of veterinarians providing health related services to the cattle industry and SION AI Stud which produces the AI straws used to inseminate the dairy cattle (with the assistance of the SQA-Vb and B-Sperm™ dosing software). A-TECH was invited to follow “Dr. Alex” of Sion AI Stud on his insemination rounds in December 2009. Of interest to A-Tech was the process of tracking the cow, determining whether she was “in-heat,” selecting AI samples and observing how the AI straws are handled in field conditions. A-Tech wanted to observe the full cycle of milk production in Israel at a cross-section of farms with as few as 200 cows and as many as 1200. “Dr. Alex” has been working for the dairy co-op (SION AI stud) for over 30 years. On his day with A-Tech he visited 14 farms.

Here are some pictures and description of the process:

A graph is viewed to determine if a cow is ready for insemination. A software program used by the co-op takes pedometer data and looks for increased activity as one indication that the cow in in-heat. The graph spikes can be viewed in this picture:


A record card and label are kept on file for every dairy cow. The card contains her statistics and genetic history. A bar-coded label is affixed to the form for easy identification and tracking:


A hand held PDA scans the bar-code label on the cow record card and the cow data is automatically transferred into the device:


“Dr. Alex” then enters relevant AI data by hand. The data base is checked electronically and a warning is displayed if the cow/bull are related and the insemination is not allowed:


A genetic chart of participating AI bulls and their genetic characteristics is reviewed in order to select the best AI straw for the cow. Milk production, leg strength, etc. are considered:


A small liquid nitrogen tank contains AI straws prepared at SION AI STUD using the SQA-Vb and B-Sperm dosing software. Straws are thawed and loaded into the insemination gun to prepare for the insemination procedure:


The insemination is performed by “Dr. Alex” on Bessie:
 

Cows taking a meal before insemination:


Almost ready for the milking parlor:

The QwikCheck™ Gold BULL Sperm Quality Analyzer goes to BSE beta testing

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The QwikCheck™ Gold Bull has just hit the market after being used for BSE exams in the field. The beta testing was done “in field conditions” to determine how the QwikCheck™ would perform from the back of a truck or on a portable table at the bull collection pens. “Dr. Moti (DVM)” was engaged by A-TECH to test the system during his bi-annual bull soundness examination rounds. He used the system, label printer and testing capillaries after very little training and successfully performed his rounds over a couple of weeks in October-November, 2009.

Trailing water, you could mistake them for ducklings:


System in action, waiting for the next sample:


System, printer, supplies and mil-spec travel case - the complete package:


A fine animal taking in the morning sun:

Sion & A-Tech Global Dairy Cattle Progressive Motility Field Trial

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In 2008 A-Tech Global and Sion Israel began a long term study to establish a correlation between dosing semen by progressive motility and pregnancy rates in dairy cattle. The trial was conducted in field conditions at more than 500 dairy farms with over 6,000 cows participating making it the most comprehensive fertility study ever conducted in Israel.  For dose preparation and quality control Sion Israel used a new technology: The SQA-Vb (Bull) Automated Semen Analyzer.  The SQA-Vb can accurately dose samples based on Progressive Motile Sperm in 45 seconds, perform post thaw quality control, and much more.  The system was quickly integrated into Sion's semen processing operation and was the technology of choice for this fertility trial.  With the much anticipated phase 3 results set to shake up the industry, A-Tech Global wanted to acknowledge the excellent work of Sion and provide our customers with some more information about their organization.

Sion A.I. was founded in 2001 through a merger between the On and Hasherut A.I. cooperatives. Sion currently maintains 240 bulls located in three different sites.  Each year, approximately 350,000 inseminations are performed in Israel, 92.5% with local semen from the Israeli-Holstein breed.  The Israeli dairy cattle population has the highest average milk and milk solids production in the world, even though dairy production is influenced by heat stress for most of the year.  Israeli bulls transmit outstanding genetics for milk yield and components, and excel in fertility, longevity and udder health traits. Sion employs 36 insemination technicians.  Currently, 88% of the dairy herds are involved in the DHI system. Insemination information is recorded by the technicians on hand-held computer terminals. This system allows for error-free data transfer to the central Israel Cows Breeders Association – ICBA computer.  Semen collection starts when bulls are 14 months old. Genetic evaluations are computed biannually, and the status of the bulls and cows are reevaluated after each new genetic evaluation.  For more information, please visit Sion's Website: www.sion-israel.com.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure:

A-Tech CEO Marcia Deutsch and US Director (and blog author) Eric Carver making a new friend at Sion:


"The Team" at lunch time:


A beautiful shot of Sion's facility from across the field:


Two mechanics "checking the oil":


A heart-felt endorsement letter from Director of Science and Production Yoel Zeron:


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Ice Cold for 2010 | The A-Tech Global QwikCheck Gold (BULL) Now Tests Frozen Bovine Semen!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009
New for 2010, the A-Tech Global QwikCheck Gold (BULL) now tests Fresh AND Frozen semen - can you take the cold?

 

Both tests take only 45 seconds and deliver results far more accurate than other methods available.  Affordable, objective, and field-strong engineering make the QwikCheck Gold (BULL) the perfect choice for any Veterinarian dealing with Bovine reproduction.  Set yourself apart from the crown and offer your customers the following information in 45 seconds:

Reported Semen Parameters: FRESH
Total Sperm Concentration - Millions/milliliter
Motility - %
Morphology - % Normal
Progressive Motility - %
Motile Sperm Concentration - Millions/milliliter
Progressively Motile Sperm Concentration - Millions/milliliter
Velocity - Microns/second
# Sperm - Billions per sample
# Progressively Motile Sperm - Billions per sample
# Motile Sperm - Billions per sample

Reported Semen Parameters: FROZEN
Motile Sperm Concentration - Millions/milliliter
Progressively Motile Sperm Concentration - Millions/milliliter
Velocity - Microns/second
Motile Sperm - Per Staw/Semen
Progressively Motile Sperm - Volume

FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE SEE PRODUCT PAGE HERE

A-Tech Americal Presents at the 2009 AABP (American Association of Bovine Practitioners)

Thursday, September 24, 2009


The 2009 American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Meeting in Omaha, Neb. in September, offered A-Tech America the opportunity to unveil our newest automated semen analyzer, the "QwikCheck™ GOLD BSE system for Bulls".  The Bovine version of the QwikCheck™ GOLD is a high performance veterinary device that performs a complete quantitative evaluation of Bull sperm quality for BSE testing in less than 1 minute.  The Bovine Veterinarians in attendance were drawn to this high performance, user-friendly system for its accurate and precise analysis of sperm concentration, motility, morphology and more. 

Overall attendance of the show this year topped 1,800 people. AABP Executive Vice President Gatz Riddell, DVM, notes that there were 1,210 veterinarians and students (267 total veterinary students), 430 persons exhibiting, 170 accompanying persons and 64 people from 18 countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

The new AABP Executive Board includes: President Roger Saltman, President-Elect Christine Navarre, Vice President Brian Gerloff and Immediate Past President Dick Wallace.  A-Tech America was proud to support the board and the association as an exhibitor and showcase sponsor.

Outgoing AABP President Dick Wallace, left AABP attendees with this challenge in his outgoing address: “No matter what you do, come at it with a passion.”  A-Tech America Director of Sales and Marketing, Eric Carver, reminded all in attendance to “Remember, it ALL started with a Sperm!”  CLICK HERE FOR ALL BOVINE PRODUCTS


A-Tech Global Welcomes Quantum Scientific

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


A-Tech Global is pleased to welcome Quantum Scientific as our exclusive Australian distributor!  Seen here at the Australian Cattle, Sheep & Reproduction Veterinarians Conference representing the SQA-Vb Bull Automated Semen Analyzer, Quantum Scientific brings a high level of technical and clinical knowledge to the table in addition to their world class service and support.  The A-Tech Bovine analyzer was well received by those in attendance at the show and we look forward to showcasing our speed, accuracy, and precision to the market on a large scale.  The SQA-Vb reports Sperm Concentration, Motility, Morphology, Velocity, and much more all in 45 seconds.  Speakers at the conference included: Peter Chenoweth, John Aitken, Paul Kenyon, Kevin Stafford, Victor Cortese, Jeremy Thompson, Michael Thibier, Alan Seawright, and more.  Visit Quantum Scientific on the web at: www.quantum-scientific.com.au.  For more information on the SQA-Vb, QwikCheck™ Gold, or QwikCheck™ QCb Automated Bull Semen Analyzers please visit our product page here: BULL PRODUCTS


 

Sion AI Stud Fertility Trial | Dosing by Progressive Sperm

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A-Tech (Advanced Agricultural Technologies), in cooperation with SION Bull Stud (Israel) began a fertility trial in mid 2008.  Our SQA-Vb Automated Semen Analyzer was used to prepare AI doses based on total sperm concentration and different levels of progressively motile sperm concentration in order to better understand the benefits of dosing based on progressively motile sperm vs. total sperm in a production setting.  10,000 frozen straws were prepared using the SQA-Vb system's dosing instructions.  The straws were divided into the following categories: 2,500 straws prepared with 15 million total sperm, 2,500 straws prepared with 1.5 million progressively motile sperm, 2,500 straws prepared with 3.5 million progressively motile sperm and 2,500 straws prepared with 7 million progressively motile sperm.  After freezing, the straws were then run on the quality control (frozen) mode of the SQA-Vb analyzer to insure dose quality and survivability.  Thousands of cows from multiple dairies throughout Israel participated in the study and now the data from this trial is being evaluated for impact on fertility. The data assessment phase is scheduled for completion in Q3, 2009.  Please stay tuned for the results - it should be quite an eye opener.



For an overview of the first two phases of the trial (validating the SQA-Vb and preparing the straws) please review this presentation made by A-Tech Global's chief Veterinarian Dr. Uri Shalit at last years Theriogenology conference in St Louis:

PHASE 1 & 2 THERIOGENOLOGY PRESENTATION

For more information on the SQA-Vb and our other Bovine automated semen analyzers, please visit our Bull products section HERE
  


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