Embryo Transfer in Cattle. Introduction. Embryo Transfer is a expensive procedure, costing around $300 for each flush and approximately $270 for each calf born. Not including the cost of the semen.
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Synchronizing the Estrous Cycle (continued)
Some signs of estrus are riding other cows, clear vaginal mucus, and pacing the fence.
Breeding the Donor Cow
The embryos on the left are damaged and should not be transferred.
The embryo on the right is of proper maturity and quality and should be transferred.
-In 1987, 3.6% (5,105) of all calves registered were a result of embryo transfer.
-In 2002, 25,093 calves resulting from ET were registered. This was 8.9% of all calves registered.
-In 2007, just under 40,000 calves resulting from ET were registered. This accounted for about 11.5% of total registrations.
-Increased expenses and higher breakeven costs for calves.
• Requires a higher level of management.
• Increased potential for spread of certain diseases.
• Not all potential donors respond positively to treatment.