2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

The Resulting Efficacy of Heat Detection for Artificial Insemination in Cattle Determined By the Placement of Estrotect Heat Detectors
Kelsey C. Witte
Dr. Glenn R. Wehner, Faculty Mentor

The growing use of artificial insemination in the cattle industry requires accurate and timely heat detection. Heat detection devices decreasing the necessity for producers to spend copious amounts of time visually observing their cattle for heat have been developed. When cattle are in heat they will stand to be mounted by others in the pen. Estrotect Heat Detectors , used in this study, are placed on the rump of the animal and a thin coating is scratched off as other cattle mount revealing a neon color when the animal is in heat. In this study we looked at the placement of these Detectors and its effect on the efficacy of heat detection. Cattle were randomly divided into three groups and three placements were considered. Our results show a correlation between the placement of Estrotect Heat Detectors and the timeliness and efficacy of heat detection for artificial insemination in cattle.

Keywords: artificial insemination, cattle, heat detection, heat, breeding

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 19-1
Location: MG 2001
Time: 9:30

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