- Jeanne - Simme Valley
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"We make a living by what we get,
we make a life by what we give."
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Our summer pasture is just a mile north of our main farm, the lack of fencing and some of the hills steep ditches along the road we could just drive them down along with the challenges of driving younger calves we just load them on the trailer to summer pasture for convenience so it's not a long haul but the whole process probably still has some level of stress. This year we hauled all the AI pairs to summer pasture within 48-72 hours of service and only saw 1 of the 13 serviced come back in heat and she was in the group that stayed on the main farm and did not get hauled to the back pasture. Usually still have some that we don't see in heat even when we are looking for it 3 weeks later so will be interesting to see the results this year compared to last year where we hauled about 2 weeks after and still had one of our better conception rates.
There are so many factors that go into AI any 1 thing can contribute to conception rate. Did you service the cow at the right time during heat, how good of a technique does your tech have, and possibly when and how you transport them after service. You get 1 shot with AI service while the bull can follow her around for hours and likely settle her during first heat.