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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:

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



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