Webinar: Integrating fixed-time AI into commercial breeding programs

Beef Central, 28/06/2021

REPRODUCTION specialist Dr Enoch Bergman’s seminar on improving heifer productivity using fixed-time AI delivered during Beef Australia 2021 last month will be available for viewing and further discussion online via a Zoom meeting being staged tomorrow evening.

Hosted by animal health and reproduction resources provider Vetoquinol Repro360, the presentation and following Q&A session will take place on Tuesday 29 June from 7pm Queensland time (5pm in WA).

Dr Bergman (pictured) will remain online after the presentation to answer as many questions as possible.

Participants will hear first-hand from Dr Bergman what producers in Esperance, WA found when they participated in a MLA-funded Producer Demonstration Site project run in conjunction with Swans Veterinary Services and a local producer grower group.

Run over three mating seasons between 2017 and 2019, the testing of FTAI in the heifer joining programs of ten local beef producers measured conception rates, dystocia rates, calf and heifer mortality rates, rebreeding weights, and the weaning weights of the calves from the heifers.

Those enrolled in the FTAI integrated group were superior to those of their naturally mated siblings on average for each parameter, and in most individual instances.

Dr Bergman will also highlight results from an economic analysis of the averages, which demonstrated a benefit of just under $90 per pregnancy (or $120 in today’s dollars) without factoring in either genetic improvement or the ongoing benefits of the improved calving distribution observed within the heifers enrolled in the FTAI program.

About Enoch Bergman

Enoch Bergman is a practicing veterinarian and part owner of Swans Veterinary Services located in Esperance WA. Originally from Wild Horse, Colorado, he visited Australia in 2003 where he soon fell in love with his new Esperance clientele, their cows, the town, and eventually a gorgeous young physio.

Enoch almost exclusively provides bovine veterinary services, consulting to a range of beef producers, ranging from cow/calf enterprises to lotfeeders, as well as to other veterinarians. He has spoken broadly throughout Australia as well as overseas on a range of cattle topics, but is possibly best known for his work focussing on pesti-virus (BVDV).

He is also well known for his “Building a Better Cow” series, which focuses on the proactive management of heifers to improve lifetime breeding success including strategies to improve reproductive efficiency through the integration of FTAI in their breeding programs.


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