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Starting With One Bred Heifer???
A RESEARCH PROJECT SPONSORED BY THE
INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE CATTLE BREEDERS SOCIETY AND REGISTRY
FLOW CHART OF EMBRYO
FLUSHING AND IMPLANTS
OVER AN EIGHT YEAR PERIOD
STARTING WITH ONE BRED HEIFER
TOTAL TIME 95 MONTHS (7.8 YEARS)
TOTAL FLUSHES = 49
CREATING LARGE HERDS OF MINIATURE CATTLE IN LESS THAN EIGHT YEARS
A RESEARCH PROJECT SPONSORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE CATTLE BREEDERS SOCIETY AND REGISTRY
BY PROFESSOR RICHARD GRADWOHL
I have wondered for quite some time how many animals could be produced in say eight years by flushing and implanting embryos. Embryo flushing and implanting is a technique that has been around long enough to get most of its problems solved; or at least to give those that do it the necessary experience. We should be on the downside of the learning curve. I've done some rather extensive research on this question of how many in how long. To my surprise readings and investigations I've done have not found a source that gives an adequate answer. Most authors and people with whom I have talked agree that there is great potential but no actual numbers are given. Predictability studies have been done for other animals but evidently not for beef cattle. The key word here is "potential". There are all kinds of variables that can influence outcomes in either a positive or negative direction. When you're dealing with nature the outcomes are never a sure thing. What I'm after here is some sort of mathematical projection that can tell us what kind of potential might be realized. Maybe I just didn't ask the right people so perhaps I'm simply reinventing the wheel. However, my background as a college Professor and researcher just won't let a question go unanswered. I need to know. You can't tell, the answer might come in handy someday sometime somehow or in some way. Particularly if you need to feed the world someday.
This is the flow chart for the first birth only. You may request a complete flow chart by contacting the IMCBS at (253) 631-1911